Communications Intern, Megan Ball
About three months ago, I was at work, behind the bar, helping the bartender catch-up. It was a Sunday afternoon, the bar was pretty crowded, and with the crowd came a lot of noise. Suddenly, one of the servers screamed to me, “Megan! That guy is choking!” I froze. Running through my head was the size difference between me and the man on the opposite side of the bar. What was he choking on? What was I going to do? I wasn’t sure. I learned the Heimlich (now the Abdominal Thrust), when I went through the American Red Cross’ Babysitting Programs. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up on it. The managers all wear headsets, so I started screaming into my headset for the other managers to get to the bar. It felt like minutes, but I am sure it was only seconds. I came around the bar and the man’s friend did an Abdominal Thrust once. The guy gasped for a breath of air, and suddenly couldn’t breathe. The server, who had screamed for me, is suddenly screaming “Do it again! Do it again!” and so he did. This time, it worked. Had I been more prepared, I could’ve helped the man much more quickly. As I replay the story in my head, my heart races. In the face of danger, I was so slow to move into action. Therefore, I’m taking a pledge to get retrained!
National First Aid Day is September 13th, the second Saturday in September.
The American Red Cross offers courses that will help to train and provide the knowledge should anyone ever be nearby in the face of a situation like mine. Classes include Babysitter’s Training, CRP/AED Training, First Aid/CPR/AED Training, and Adult and/or Pediatric CPR courses.
Classes that are coming soon:
Adult CPR/AED Monday September 16th from 6-7:30 PM in West Bend
Advanced Child Care Training with Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Friday September 19th from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM in Milwaukee
Babysitter’s Training Saturday September 20th from 8:30 AM – 4 PM in Pewaukee
Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Wednesday September 24th from 9 – 11 AM in Milwaukee
Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED Wednesday September 24th 9 – 10:30 AM in Milwaukee
To find classes near you visit redcross.org/takeaclass
You can also download the American Red Cross First Aid App for your cellphone!
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