Sunday, November 29

Choking first aid - I needed it today - The importance of 1st-aid should be taken seriously

Today I thought I was going to die because a piece of meat I swallowed got stuck and I could not breath. I thought: "is this the way I'm going to die?" I could not speak either and a man started doing the subdiaphragmatic abdominal thrusts but it didn't help. I got very nervous but someone said: "Don't get nervous. Easy!" so I sat and relaxed with my head down and could expelled. I realized how dangerous it can be because it's not very divulged. I remembered the movie Mrs Doubtfire when she helps Pierce Brosnan's character in the restaurant. I realized that there are not people trained to help people in restaurants and maybe waiting for rescue can be fatal. So I am putting the site below that explain how to is the 1st-Aid for choking. It was a little traumatic for me. I hope it never happens to you or in case it happens someone knows how to deal with it. I needed someone to put his finger in my throat to take the meat away. Fortunately I always bend my body and put my head down when I am not feeling fine.
Adults: -Cut food into small pieces.
-Chew food slowly and thoroughly, especially if wearing dentures.
-Avoid laughing and talking during chewing and swallowing. -Avoid excessive intake of alcohol before and during meals. Infants and Children: -Keep marbles, beads, thumbtacks, and other small objects out of their reach and prevent them from walking, running, or playing with food or toys in their mouths.

If you observe an "conscious" ADULT choking: -Ask, "Are you choking?" -If the victim can speak, cough, or breathe, DO NOT INTERFERE. -If the victim CANNOT speak, cough, or breathe, give subdiaphragmatic abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich maneuver) until the foreign body is expelled or the victim becomes unconscious. (Or in case of extreme obesity or late pregnancy, give chest thrusts.) IIf the Victim Becomes Unconscious: Visit the site for all the informations. We only think about 1st-aid when we need help. If you have any 1st-aid site that you believe is good leave a comment and I will publish it. I can only think about choking for the moment. Have a good and healthy week!


oximoron said...

I am happy to your life-continuum! :)
and thanks for the good conseiles!

Sandee said...

I'm so glad you are okay Ana. If I'd been there I could have done the Heimlich on you. Done it more than once. I'm just so glad that you are okay. Excellent advice here too.

Have a terrific day (I know you will). Big hug. :)

Ana said...

Thank you.
My spare ribs, left side, are hurting because the person who did try to do the Heimlich must have seen it at the TV. lol
Here I am!
Tomorrow I will not remember it.

Thank you!

Mark p.s.2 said...

Glad you are alright. Better hurting ribs than death eh?

Ana said...

Yeah! I don't fear death but I would hate to die this way! Cause of death: choking.
Nothing glamorous!
My left ribs are still hurting.
I should put some weight.