Monday, May 20, 2013
Now that I have your attention.. I implore each and every one of you to learn how to do the Heimlich Maneuver both on others and yourself. It saved my life last night.
I was enjoying a nice meal of a small steak, baked potato, and brussels sprouts. About half way through dinner I aspirated one of the sprouts. It closed off my airway and I was unable to cough it up. I could not call for help and I live alone anyway so that was not even an option. It did not take very long before I began to feel faint and I knew that I had to do something quickly. I remembered learning the Heimlich while doing counseling. I tried the chair method but it didn't work so using both balled up fists I proceeded to perform the standard Heimlich Maneuver and thankfully it worked.
Now I know it wasn't the healthy food that was the cause it just happened to be healthy food that was the cause. Eating healthy food is good for you....breathing it isn't. Please be aware of how quickly and unexpectedly a deadly situation can arise. Had I not had the proper training I would not be here right now to be typing this.
Be safe. Be Happy. Be healthy.