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crystal_clear 07-07-2010 05:51 AM

Emergency call during match
 
We won 6:2 1st set and lost 3:6 the 2nd set. Just played one point in the 3rd set, my partner got a phone call from wife the kid had nose bleeding and wanted him to come home right away to send the kid to the hospital. My partner told wife we were going to finish the match soon and we continued to play. We lost 1:6 quickly.

I feel we shouldn't continue and should retire instead. I appreciate partner committed to the match but we can't win without focusing on the game and we will be sorry if anything goes wrong with the kid due to the delay.

ProgressoR 07-07-2010 05:54 AM

He probably had an idea from the call and tone of his wife as to how serious it was and he acted accordingly. I would trust him to be able to gauge the seriousness and balance it against finishing the match.

Unless he is a complete tennis nut and would continue with a game even if hsi house was burning down....

Cindysphinx 07-07-2010 06:04 AM

In our league, cell phones must be turned off. If a cell phone vibrates or rings during the match, it is automatic loss of point. So this wouldn't have happened in our league.

My own family knows they can't reach me during a match, so they don't even try. I tend to get a lot of calls as soon as the 2-hour block of time is over, though.

crystal_clear 07-07-2010 06:09 AM

The wife called our captain and the captain relayed the message. My partner called his wife back on the site.

I think the wife should call ambulance for help in case the captain was in play as well.

BullDogTennis 07-07-2010 06:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Cindysphinx (Post 4846876)
In our league, cell phones must be turned off. If a cell phone vibrates or rings during the match, it is automatic loss of point. So this wouldn't have happened in our league.

My own family knows they can't reach me during a match, so they don't even try. I tend to get a lot of calls as soon as the 2-hour block of time is over, though.

there shoudl be a way to reach people in case of emergencys....and who the heck could hear a cell phone vibrate if its in someones bag....

polski 07-07-2010 08:46 AM

What is more important...life or tennis?

Granted, I turn my phone off during matches too. But if my wife called or showed up at the court stating there was an emergency with my child, I'm defaulting - Sorry captain. I put my family #2 in my life behind only God. Everything else is a distant third.

Gemini 07-07-2010 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by BullDogTennis (Post 4846907)
there shoudl be a way to reach people in case of emergencys....and who the heck could hear a cell phone vibrate if its in someones bag....

Believe me. Some cell phones are quite aggressive in the way they vibrate and if it happens to be sitting up against something rigid, that can amplify the sound.

tennis tom 07-07-2010 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by crystal_clear (Post 4846838)
We won 6:2 1st set and lost 3:6 the 2nd set. Just played one point in the 3rd set, my partner got a phone call from wife the kid had nose bleeding and wanted him to come home right away to send the kid to the hospital. My partner told wife we were going to finish the match soon and we continued to play. We lost 1:6 quickly.

I feel we shouldn't continue and should retire instead. I appreciate partner committed to the match but we can't win without focusing on the game and we will be sorry if anything goes wrong with the kid due to the delay.

Nose bleeds are seldom serious. When I was a kid I got them frequently and some were very long and a bit fret-full but I survived them all. Today, they would have probably cauterized the damn vein and stopped the nuisance. In the old days, barbers used to bleed you.

The way the match scores were trending, you would have probably lost, no matter what. Your partner probably knows his wife, and that she's prone to hysteria.

Now, if the kid had been in a head-on car accident--and, his nose was bleeding that's a different story.

If the kid got a nose bleed from doing a face plant while skate-boarding down a stair-rail, I'd just let him bleed--Darwinism in action.

Just my $2.02 adjusted for inflation.

Cindysphinx 07-07-2010 09:07 AM

If my husband called me on the court because one of our kids had a nosebleed, I would be a bit annoyed. I mean, come on. Everyone knows how to treat a nosebleed. All you need is a tourniquet.

polski 07-07-2010 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Cindysphinx (Post 4847329)
If my husband called me on the court because one of our kids had a nosebleed, I would be a bit annoyed. I mean, come on. Everyone knows how to treat a nosebleed. All you need is a tourniquet.

perhaps, unless the nodebleed was caused by getting hit in the face with a baseball or something extreme.

my brother lost a flyball in the sun when he was 8 or 9 & took one right on the nose. several surgeries later he was OK. if mom or dad were playing a tennis match, i know they would have quit the match to get to the hospital...as your initial post indicated was being debated.

r2473 07-07-2010 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Cindysphinx (Post 4847329)
If my husband called me on the court because one of our kids had a nosebleed, I would be a bit annoyed. I mean, come on. Everyone knows how to treat a nosebleed. All you need is a tourniquet.

That's a good one.

goober 07-07-2010 11:30 AM

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Originally Posted by polski (Post 4847672)
perhaps, unless the nodebleed was caused by getting hit in the face with a baseball or something extreme.

my brother lost a flyball in the sun when he was 8 or 9 & took one right on the nose. several surgeries later he was OK. if mom or dad were playing a tennis match, i know they would have quit the match to get to the hospital...as your initial post indicated was being debated.

If the cause of the nosebleed is serious like being in an MVA or trauma to the face, the wife should not call and wait for the husband to come home. She should seek immediate attention for her kid. If there is an uncontrolled nosebleed not from trauma that has been going on despite attempts to control it, again waiting for the husband to come home and go to the hospital is too long. Basically the wife sounded she didn't know what to do (or perhaps was annoyed her husband was gone for a tennis match so long and wanted a way to get him home sooner :wink: )

bodieq 07-07-2010 12:04 PM

A nose-bleed????....whoa, that's about as hardcore-serious as a paper-cut on a finger.

There's no such thing as an "emergency" when playing tennis, because there's nothing more important than tennis. Nothing. You can get a new/different wife and have more kids, but you can't ever erase a default-loss in a match.

HellBunni 07-07-2010 01:24 PM

hehe, I couldn't help thinking about this when reading this thread

http://notalwaysright.com/blood-must...ir-family/6051

slewisoh 07-07-2010 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by tennis tom (Post 4847324)
Your partner probably knows his wife, and that she's prone to hysteria.

Women really appreciate these insightful/inciteful snippets...

My husband called me last night during our post-match hoisting of the wine to request that I drop everything and go to the drug store for cortisone cream. My son had a bug bite. It was itchy.

:shock:

Datacipher 07-07-2010 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by crystal_clear (Post 4846838)
We won 6:2 1st set and lost 3:6 the 2nd set. Just played one point in the 3rd set, my partner got a phone call from wife the kid had nose bleeding and wanted him to come home right away to send the kid to the hospital. My partner told wife we were going to finish the match soon and we continued to play. We lost 1:6 quickly.

I feel we shouldn't continue and should retire instead. I appreciate partner committed to the match but we can't win without focusing on the game and we will be sorry if anything goes wrong with the kid due to the delay.

This doesn't even make sense. You are actually taking issue with the decision your partner made about his family. Fine. You are free to do so. It's a judgment call, and his call to make. It's certainly not worth posting here, now is it? Nor is it a tennis related issue.

However, the real reason you posted this, is that you are bitter about losing the match. Well, the REAL alternative you suggest was defaulting, so you lose anyways.

If you think it through, you'll realize that the only option open to him, which leaves you possibly capable of winning, was not to take any calls from his wife, and to instruct the captain to do the same. Now is that what you want? Gee, you seem to think his family should be the priority.

It's too bad that you got distracted and lost your match. These things happen. Defaulting wouldn't have changed that outcome. At worst, he spent an additional fifteen minutes losing 5 games "quickly". You really think that parenting offense is worth posting here about?

tennis tom 07-07-2010 10:02 PM

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Originally Posted by slewisoh (Post 4848735)
Women really appreciate these insightful/inciteful snippets...

My husband called me last night during our post-match hoisting of the wine to request that I drop everything and go to the drug store for cortisone cream. My son had a bug bite. It was itchy.

:shock:


I'm happy to have found the spokesperson for all women. I'm sorry to hear your husband also suffers from hysteria, maybe you could find a Freudian trained psychiatrist for him. Hope your son is less itchy. Was it Merlot or Chardonay?

slewisoh 07-08-2010 04:53 AM

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Originally Posted by tennis tom (Post 4849408)
I'm happy to have found the spokesperson for all women. I'm sorry to hear your husband also suffers from hysteria, maybe you could find a Freudian trained psychiatrist for him. Hope your son is less itchy. Was it Merlot or Chardonay?

It was a bad Merlot, and my son somehow survived.

AR15 07-08-2010 04:54 AM

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Originally Posted by polski (Post 4847286)
What is more important...life or tennis?

Granted, I turn my phone off during matches too. But if my wife called or showed up at the court stating there was an emergency with my child, I'm defaulting - Sorry captain. I put my family #2 in my life behind only God. Everything else is a distant third.

What would you do, in the same situation, if it happened before cell phones were available?

Cindysphinx 07-08-2010 08:51 AM

If your phone is off, then emergencies don't happen. That's how it works. Simple cause and effect. :)

Seriously, if I were playing a match and my husband needed to reach my captain, he couldn't do it if a million dollars were riding on it. I do tell him which facility I'm going to, so he could reach me in a massive emergency by calling the front desk. It had better be something more interesting than a nose bleed.

I did have one emergency that happened while I was playing a match. When I play, I leave my son (then 12) at home alone. The amount of time he spends alone varies -- his dad tries to time his arrival to coincide with my departure, or one of his older sisters might breeze through.

Anyway, on this night I decided to order a pizza delivery for him. I ordered two large pizzas so everyone could eat when they showed up. The delivery guy was late, so I greeted him the driveway, paid him and handed the pizzas to my son. I then left for the match.

When I came home, the whole house smelled of smoke.

Apparently, my son took the pizza boxes inside, served himself, and put the two large cardboard boxes in the electric oven to keep them warm. He turned on the oven to 200 degrees. One of the boxes touched the element and started to burn.

Son, being downstairs engrossed in Facebook, was unaware of this fire until the smoke alarms started going off. He called his dad, who advised him to -- and I am not making this up -- take the boxes out of the oven and put them on the back patio. There were two mostly consumed cardboard boxes on the patio table, with ashes and hunks of partially burned cardboard on the tile below the table.

Dad definitely blew the "What to do in case a pizza box catches fire" test, but I am sure he could handle a nosebleed.


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