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Had a scare yesterday that no one should have to go through
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Date: 8/25/14 12:40 PM

Yesterday at a family reunion my 2 year old granddaughter had a tumble off the couch. It was the run of the mill spill- the kind that kids have everyday. My daughter had a plate of food in her hands so I ran over to pick Audrey up and take her outside so that everyone didn't have to suffer through the inevitable crying fit that was sure to follow. She let out one wail as I picked her up and I waited for that deep inhale that always precedes a good child wail.
Not hearing what I expected, I held her away from me thinking she was not as traumatized as I thought. She was grey and not breathing. I yelled for help and 911 as I laid her on the ground and my years of Ski Patrol and CPR training took over. I don't remember much of what happened after that- just making sure my daughter was out of the area and that Audrey was coming to. It felt like a million years before that little gasp and cry came out of her little precious face.
I remember how helpless and upset I felt and I am thinking that if I felt that way - knowing CPR - how helpless someone with no training must feel.
I am planning on hosting a "Grandparents CPR" class in my area to make sure my friends and neighbours know what to do in times of crisis.
I am also issuing a plea and a challenge to all grandparents and parents out there to make sure they have taken a CPR for infants and children CPR course and to take updates regularly. I hope you never have to use the skills you learn. But learn them- please!


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Date: 8/25/14 1:07 PM

Wow Connie, that is a hair raising story....thanks for sharing. You are making an important point here, my CPR training is 20+ years old. Now I wonder how much of that training I could recall if needed. I'm putting this important item on my to do list and will find a class in the very near future.

I take it from your story that Audrey is OK now? I can't imagine how frightening the experience must have been - hopefully it will be a reminder to many of us to update our skills since we never know when they will be needed.

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Date: 8/25/14 1:21 PM

I do hope your granddaughter is okay now. I accept your challenge. It has been way too long since I took my one and only CPR class. And it still didn't prepare me when my own daughter took a similar fall at around Audrey's age. I panicked and called 911. Most fortunately for us, my daughter resumed breathing on her own after what seemed an eternity. And the paramedics arrived in no more than 2 minutes since we were living on a small military base. That there should have taught me that I need to retake CPR classes on a regular basis. But it's not too late and I will do it.

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Date: 8/25/14 1:23 PM

ConnieBJ,thank you very much for sharing how your CPR training helped you save your granddaughter's life !

A "Grandparents CPR" class is a wonderful idea !

A "Choking : First aid" class could help save a life too.Years ago,a neighbor's two year old girl was choking on a piece of apple stuck in her throat.I never heard of the "Heimlich" maneuver then,I turned the little girl upside down and managed to get the piece of apple out of her mouth.

Heimlich maneuver.The Heimlich maneuver is an emergency technique for preventing suffocation when a person's airway (windpipe) becomes blocked by a piece of food or other object.

Considerations
The Heimlich maneuver can be used safely on both adults and children, but most experts do not recommend it for infants less than 1 year old. You can also perform the maneuver on yourself.

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Date: 8/25/14 1:49 PM

Kathi, we brought Audrey to Children's emerge and she checked out fine. Amazing how resilient little ones are!

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Date: 8/25/14 2:00 PM

So glad your granddaughter is ok and that you were able to remain calm in the situation. I have been saying for the longest time that I need to take a CPR class. There really is no good excuse not to do it.

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Date: 8/25/14 2:08 PM

Oh Connie, how frightening! I can't imagine how terrible those moments must have been for you and everybody. Thinking of you. xo

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Date: 8/25/14 2:19 PM

Glad Audrey is okay! I keep my CPR current, I have to for the job. I'm amazed at how few people take the course. I think it should be required for everyone! I think your idea to hold a class for grandparents is great!

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Date: 8/25/14 2:45 PM

Glad to hear Audrey is okay.

I really need to do the CPR for children and to update my basic CPR. After having grandkids here off and on over the summer, your story is a good reminder that things can happen in the blink of an eye.

Grandparent CPR is an excellent idea.

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Date: 8/25/14 2:52 PM

Connie, glad that Audrey is ok. I don't even know if something like this happened to Dia, I'll have the strength to do CPR. But thanks for the reminder. I really need to learn.

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