Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Learn CPR.
You might save your daughter's life.

I am taking a quick break from the usual silliness and whining that inhabits my blog. Also, this is going up on all the blogs. Sorry for the repition, but it is the only important thing I've had to say in a long time.

Tonight we went to our first AAA minor league baseball game of the season. We were having a great time, hanging out on the left field berm. The kids were going crazy. And they cheered when an 8 or 10 year old girl near us caught a foul ball that the left fielder flipped up to the crowd.

Less than 5 minutes later that girl was unconscious and not breathing. We have no idea what happened. EMTs made it around pretty quickly. But not before the girl's dad had to start rescue breathing. She was out for several looooong minutes. Not just passed out from excitement, mind you. This was blue all over, motionless on the ground not breathing.

How scary is that? Your kid is having a great time and then a couple of minutes later she stops breathing.

When we left the park the girl was sitting upright with loads of attention coming at her from the Fire Fighters and Paramedics that had responded. Looks like she was lucky, She has a hero for a dad. Here's hoping I never have to be my daughter's breath.

So anyways, here is a quick online CPR reference. Please review it in case it has been a while since you took a class. Then please, please, PLEASE take a class to get more familiar with CPR procedures. Go here or go here to get help finding a class in your area. I'll be looking for a refresher course in the morning.


CK said...

I saved my older daughter from choking when she was less than a year old. It was quite possibly the scariest thing ever. Her face had started turning blue - she was not breathing at all. After hitting her on the back and holding her upside down, I literally had to reach into her throat and pull out the thing that was blocking her airway. I got it out just as the ambulance pulled into the driveway. To this day, I still lose my breath when I think about that.

Mike said...

Our daughter passed out a couple of times when she got really pissed off.

That was scary enough for me.

Anonymous said...

I remember that passing-out spell quite well. The Princess was blue and did not respond to yelling or gentle shaking. It took two large rescue breaths before her eyes rolled open. Your baby girl slowly came back--just as EMS arrived.


Terry said...

Way to Go Boss Lady!!

I bet that was scary!!

Angel said...

I can't even imagine how terrifying that would be for ANYONE to have that happen to your kids. I remember when my son walked right into a pool on vacation with us all standing there and my daughter was an infant. In that instant I froze trying to decide whether I could jump in with my infant daughter or not. My now BIL jumped in and saved my son. He was treading water pretty good but it scared the hell out of me.

I'm glad the girl was okay... wow...

Anonymous said...

Yikes! That's scary stuff. Is the little girl okay now?