Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shaken

Just the other day, I read Amalah's post about her son choking on a cereal bar, and thought to myself, "Gah, I have no idea what I would do if Carter choked on something like that." Tonight? I found out what I'd do.

I'd yank him out of his highchair, and finger sweep his mouth, and then whack him on the back a few times like I would never hit him in real life. And then? I'd thank God for his fearful screaming and crying. And I'd hug him and kiss his tears and not take my eyes off him for the rest of the night.

The only reason I kept my cool afterwards is because my in-laws were with us, and I didn't want to embarass myself by breaking down in hysterics. But I sure felt that way inside. It's hours later and I still feel on the verge of tears. I've never felt that terrified in my life.

8 comments:

I'm Not Skippy said...

It is an awful feeling when they start choking. That wheezing sound they make when they're trying to breathe in and can't.

I'm glad you saved him. You did it almost exactly the same way I did. Afterwards everyone told me the one thing I missed, turning him upside down.

Makes you realize how fragile they are.

Holly said...

Great job Amy!!

Take a child CPR class - will teach you how to do all the "save my kid" stuff. It's always scary when it's your kid, but knowing the basics can save his life.

sterlingirl said...

I totally empathize with you. Go ahead and break down when you can. It'll make you feel better. I hope that's the only thing Carter does to freak you out, but in Ryan's 2 short years, she's freaked me out PLENTY!

myrelish said...

It is amazing just how calmly you can react when your precious bundle depends on it. Fantastic work.

Amber said...

That is really one of my deepest fears. Handsome shoves huge handfuls in his mouth no matter how many times i tell him "small bites, please" and I watch him like a hawk every time. I've taken the child CPR class and I'm still terrified. DH has also taken the class and I'm still terrfied. I'm glad you handled it like a champ and hope I will be able to do the same.

Steph said...

Way togo Amy!! That's a scary situation!!

Jess said...

There is nothing more terrifying than choking. The first time Ben really choked his lips were turning blue, no back whapping was helping and I had to give him the heimlich. Terri-freaking-fying.

NG said...

Ah... the first time is always the worst, isn't it? Good going!

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