I have never personally called 911, but my wife has, for our family, twice.
The most recent time was for me! About a month and a half ago, I woke up at 1:00 with severe pain in my left abdomen. Cramping and pain spreading to my left chest and down into my testicles. I also felt feverish and sweaty. I went to the bathroom, thinking it was really bad intestinal discomfort, but no dice. I went back to bed, hoping it would pass, but it got worse, and I got scared. I woke Barb, telling her I was in pain. Since I rarely complain about being sick or in pain, esp. at 1 AM, she knew something was wrong and called 911.
Cops arrived, ambulance guys arrived, and although I was feeling better by that time, I figured something had to be wrong so I agreed to have them take me to the hospital. My first ride in a meat wagon. Yee ha. Turns out I most likely was passing a kidney stone (runs in my family, Dad and older bro both have had the pleasure). I pissed in a bottle, got an IV drip and was sent home. Helluvan experience. If I never have that happen to me again, it’ll be too soon.
The other time was much scarier. Our son was about a year and a half and was sick. Ran a fever. I was taking a shower, when my wife yelled at me that something was wrong. Seemed she was playing with him on the bed when he went into convulsions from the fever. She called 911 while I towelled off, and the cops and ambulance folk arrived really quickly. They took him to the hospital, while my folks came over and waited with our daughter. It was a rough time, but he came out just fine.
The thing that sticks in my mind about that incident was how haggard my father looked as we sat together and waited for the EMS techs to work with my boy. I’ve never seen my father look so old, and I don’t ever want to see him look that way again. He’s a good man, and my folks came over as soon as we called them. Imagine the devastation of having such a young grandchild suffer an incomprehensible and unknown thing as that. I’ll never forget the way he looked that evening.
My son, by the way, is the scratch-and-dent model. His hospital dossier is as thick as the Pentagon Papers. Remind me to tell you about the time the bicycle fell on his head, or when he cut himself on a balloon.