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.
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