My dad choked at dinner tonight. He is fine now. There are no lasting effects.
All of you know I have some…issues…with anxiety. Yeah. “Issues” sort of like the ocean has water. lolMy parents are visiting this week. It’s been hectic so my anxiety level has been overall higher. My cherished routine is changed. Tonight we went to dinner. I was my normal, jittery self. I don’t sit still much. Part anxiety, part brain injury sensory overload.
Long story short: my dad started choking. It was surreal. “Are you choking? Talk to me. Get up”At this point, I was helping to pull him out of the booth and up on his feet from behind him. Cleared his airway. I was calm. Like nothing was going on that was alarming. Just after his airway cleared, I stood with him, assessing airway and pulse until his coughing stopped and he was taking normally. Even with anxiety and brain injury, I was able to perform the technique. The training works.
After that, I sat down and went right back to being my normal, jittery self. Surreal.
If I hadn’t been trained in CPR, which includes what to do when someone is choking, the outcome may have been much different. Dad could have ended up in the ER. Or possibly dead.
This may be the only time I use it. But it most likely saved the life of a family member.
Here is a link to American Red Cross. They provided first aid and CPR training. There are online and in person training options.
American Red Cross CPR Training
Do it. It can save a life.