She resumed eating what was left of her breakfast. I finished feeding Bina her cereal and fruit. I actually was calmer than I expected. I suppose because I knew what to do in that very moment and was actually able to do it in that very moment. I remember going to the pediatrician's office we all joked about when it's your own child, sometimes we forget common sense assessments. Not this time. I was so grateful (and quite frankly proud of myself) that at this very moment when my baby needed me, I reacted as I should have. Thank you, God.
I described this same scenario to my husband. He said that if it would have been him, he would have yelled for me because he probably would have frozen up and not known what to do. That statement made me wonder how many parents and caretakers out there would have reacted the same way as he said he would have.
I offer you the opportunity to, at least, acquire the knowledge of what to do in that very moment and hope that it NEVER happens to you. Here is a link to the American Heart Association's Heartsaver Courses. I went through the prompts. I clicked on "Find a CPR Class," and input my zip code. The next screen asks which class you want to take and the list is long. If you are not sure which class would best suit your needs, there is a wizard in which you can answer some questions to assist you in the process of finding a class for you. The only thing that beat knowing what to do when my child was choking was the fact that she is ok.
Do you have an up-to-date CPR card? Have you ever experienced something similar? (I really hope not.) Has this post prompted you to take the class? (I really hope so.) Please send me your thoughts.