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Many people don’t realize how important it is to get certified in CPR and First Aid. I’ve been certified for many years, since I was 18-years-old. I’ve never had to use any of the things I’ve learned. I only ever actually got certified because it’s a requirement of my job. Almost every job I’ve had required it.

That is until Samantha. About about two weeks ago I went to her house to visit. We had lunch and as she’s eating she starts to cough. At first I figured she was fine. Many people choke on their food, cough and then they are fine. This wasn’t the case for Samantha. She was coughing and then started to get quiet.

Once she got quiet, I knew it wasn’t good. I didn’t start my food yet because I was doing dishes so I went to check on her. I always thought that when it came down to a real emergency I would freak out and not remember what to do, but luckily that didn’t happen.

When I checked on her I realized she was choking for sure. I did the Heimlich Maneuver like a pro and happily watched her food fly out. She was fine about twenty minutes later and we started laughing about it, but then we realized how serious something like that could be if you don’t know what to do in an emergency.

Getting certified in CPR and First Aid is quick and easy. The American Red Cross is one of the best places to get certified. Many times it’s a loved one that needs help. I love Samantha and joked with her that I’m glad I knew what I was doing because she’s a keeper. All jokes aside- I’m glad I was able to save her life that day.

Thanks for reading!

Jazmine View All

Jazmine is a Blogger & Freelance Writer from Pennsylvania, USA.

7 thoughts on “Get Certified Leave a comment

  1. Thank God you got certified, Jazmine, and that you saved Samantha – I firmly believe you did! I got certified but I need a refresher!!! Thanks for such an important post and the perfect, powerful reminder to us all to get certified. Xo

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  2. I agree with you 100%. I had to get certified as well since I worked as a nanny and I looked after 2 small boys. Plus I at that time had a 6 month old. I too thought that if something happens I will freak out and not know what to do. My 6 month old at that time for some reason couldn’t figure out how to use his gag reflux so he always choked on food whether it be something soft or a little hard. I had to save him at the restaurant one time, he was already a year old. He turned red, I stuck my fingers in his throat and this time couldn’t get it out. So I flipped him upside down and patted his back soft but hard. And stuck my fingers down his throat again and was able to get it out.

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