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Stay Calm & Be Prepared

Stay Calm & Be Prepared

After a long day of work, dinner was the last thing on my mind. The task of putting something on the table fell to Rudy, our oldest. Ethan suddenly stood up and walked over to stand at my side. He wasn’t talking and his eyes were wide. He was choking.

Know how to give a child the Heimlich maneuver
Having to restore airflow to a child who is choking is every parent’s nightmare. A cool head is required, especially if there are other children in the room. They can become as anxious as the child who is choking, adding pressure to the person trying to restore airflow. The good news is that I was able to stay cool, take a deep breath, and get Ethan breathing again.

Things happen when you least expect it
For the past four months, much of our time has been spent at home as the nation recovers from COVID-19. The pandemic has been what I’d call a “forced blessing,” giving us time to get to know the boys better without having to worry about a stressful hectic schedule. Stress comes in many forms, though, even in the comfort of your own home. Only a week after Ethan’s choking incident, when our son Nick came in the house yelling, “Mom! Mom! Mom!”

Stay calm
Blood ran in rivulets down his hands and arms, and I herded him into the bathroom. That’s when we found a deep cut where the finger met the palm on his left hand. Even I was surprised at how repulsed I was looking at it, and my face must have given me away because Nick was immediately more anxious. Applying cold pressure to the wound, we headed for urgent care as he told me the story: he and Rudy were trying to catch tadpoles in an empty glass fishbowl. When he submerged the bowl in the pond, he hit a rock. The pressure caused the bowl to break, cutting his hands. Five stitches later, he was back home telling stories.

Know first aid and basic life saving
Like any good Scout, I’d offer the following advice: be prepared and stay calm. Especially as we get into the summer months and you may be out and about, on vacation, or at home, you should know basic first aid and life-saving procedures to be able to offer effective interventional care if urgent or emergent care is needed and always have a fully stocked first-aid kit available.

 

1 Comment
  • Bob says:

    JK, at around 10 yrs old, once reached for a open glass bottle of bleach up high on a shelf in the utility room and spilled it and much of it went in his eyes, not sure what my mother did but prob flushed his eyes with water the best she could and probably in a panic. I walked thru a shallow street gutter that had broken glass in it and for only being 5 or 6 yrs old still remember the ride in the back of our 57 chevy nomad station wagon with my feet covered in blood and towels, my mother at the wheel speeding towards MacDill AFB hospital emergency room. I once was at at a party watching a football game and when passing thru the kitchen snuck a piece of stew meat and it was too big, it was stuck and I cud barely breathe, one of my friends was a cardiologist and performed the Heimlich maneuver on me… it did not work and I tried to stay calm and ever so slowly it passed thru my esophagus. Later that year I was diagnosed with Shotskys ring and had an operation to open up my esophagus. Stay calm!

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