Yin and Yang: In the belated episode of Doomcast Doug Owen discusses the recent birth of his son, and Charlie McGrath discusses his brush with death. This show is a look into personal issues that touch our lives in profound ways.
I'm 32 now, but I remember once when I was 11 or 12, my mom busted into my room late one night and made me listen to the phone (the wallmounted type with a 12 ft curly cord...I feel ancient now). I picked up the receiver, and I could hear a baby screaming it's effen head off. At first we thought it was some twilight zone occurrence, but then we realized that we were picking up a baby monitor from nearly a block away (apartment complex). We crept out and listened at the window of the baby we suspected it was (the only baby near by), and sure enough, young Jacob was wailing away in his crib. This had gone on for nearly 30 min now. We went back home, waited a while, maybe another 10 min, then picked up the receiver again. Jake is still bawling his head off. At this point my mom marches back over to the apartment, and starts knocking on the door to try and wake the mother. No luck. Another 20 min, still crying, no answer at the door.
This was back in the days when you could call the police out to investigate something like this, and no one would end up dead, so my mom called the cops. Turns out the mother had tried to kill herself with prescription pills (dont remember what kind, this was a while ago), and was basically comatose in her bedroom. She was taken to the hospital, Jake was sent with his father for a while.
I like to think that we may have saved his life, all thanks to the baby monitor coming through on our phone.