When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I took a CPR class at our local hospital. It taught you all the basics and we felt better prepared about becoming parents. But as the years passed, that training quickly slipped from memory and we forgot all the minute details and things we should or should not be doing. After my third child was born, I knew I should take a refresher course. I have a friend that is a certified CPR nurse and teaches classes. So I signed up. We learned all the things from my first CPR class (but with a few updates), and some new stuff too. We were taught infant and adult CPR, the Heimlich maneuver for child and adult, how to use a portable defibrillator, treatment for burns, bug bites, snake bites, concussions, stroke and a few more important things.
I took all that information and filed it away, hoping that I would never have to use it. But then I did.
Recently, my 23 month old daughter was playing with her brother in the driveway. I happened to see that she had something in her mouth. When I went over to her to get it out, she didn’t want to give it to me and swallowed it. “It” turned out to be a large paper clip, approx. 2” in size. She started to choke and was obviously in distress. Thankfully I remembered my training from the CPR/First Aid class and started to do the Heimlich on her. It took what seemed like forever but eventually she threw up the paper clip.
Never have I been so relieved in my life. I am so thankful that I spent the money on that class and took the time out of my weekend.
For those of you who have never taken a class, PLEASE do so. If you never use the training, good for you. But if you ever have the need for it, you will be so thankful that you have it. I know I am.
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