My Daughter Was Choking . . .

February 26, 2014

Posted By: Shaunescy

This weekend my daughter choked on a hard candy. It was terrifying.

She and her brother were dropping homemade parachutes over the balcony and hopping down the stairs to retrieve them. Laughing, playing, and the next thing I knew my 5 year old ran to me with panic in her eyes and no breath going in or out. The candy that I said she could have was choking her.

I had taken First Aid and CPR a long time ago and it instantly came into my head. And although she is much bigger than an infant, I swooped her little 33 pound self up and over and gave her back blows. While my son watched and my hubby called 9-11.

We live in the country and I had a moment where I felt like I wasn't going to be able to fix this. And if I couldn't, I didn't know that I could get to an ER in time either. Before any emergency personnel arrived (and they got here fast!) I did get it dislodged from her windpipe. She is fine. She recovered from the whole incident much faster than I did. My adrenaline finally let off about 24 hours later -- and then I was a zombie.

I keep thinking about how thankful I am to have been trained in First Aid and CPR. I am so very thankful that it was just in there and available when it counted most. I am going to take a refresher course soon.

Many resources in our community provide this education. Classes are often free or offered at a low cost.

Gallatin Heart Rescue--

What began two years ago as a local effort to help heart attack victims survive while waiting for medical attention has grown into a state-wide program in which 12,000 individuals have been taught to perform the life-saving technique of Hands Only CPR. They offer a couple of classes each week.

FREE Hands Only CPR classe s -

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital--

Super Sitter Class

Saturday, March 22, 2014

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bitterroot Room

Bozeman Deaconess Hospital

915 Highland Boulevard

Bozeman, MT 59715

For Information and to Register call 406-587-7786

Bozeman Deaconess and Child Care Connections have teamed up to teach youth the fundamentals of babysitting. This course is open to youth 11 years or older, and covers infant & child choking response, basic first aid information, babysitting basics, infant care, guidance and child development. The cost for the class is $35.00, and includes lunch, snack, and materials. Requires registration.


All my best, BunnyFufu ~ The Housewife

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