Thursday, July 10, 2008

Just in case

Tuesday I took an infant/child CPR and first aid class at the Red Cross. I have two fears regarding Caroline's safety -- choking and falling/injuring her head. Before this class I would have only had a vague idea what to do -- now I know exactly what to do.

I write this because I want to encourage everyone I know (and don't know) to take this class.

I not only learned rescue breathing and CPR, but also how to assist a choking victim, recognize signs of stroke, stop bleeding, treat a snakebite, help a seizure victim, etc. And none of the recommendations included applying a tourniquet, sucking out poison or shoving something into someone's mouth.

As I sat in the 5-hour class, I recalled many situations when these skills would have helped me, but I didn't know enough to step forward. Now I do. You should too.

2 comments:

Demarie said...

That is awesome that you took the class, Lori. I took a Red Cross course as a pre-teen and then in high school, but I am way out of practice. Something I will definitely be thinking about taking again. Thanks for the reminder!

Norma said...

Good for you, Lori. What I learned two years ago in a Red Cross class is gradually growing dimmer. Your confidence is inspiring me to take a refresher course asap.