Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Nasty epiphany of the day

I still remember how to stop an infant from choking from the babysitting course I took when I was 12.

If you mix table food with 9 1/2-month old, sooner or later, she will try to stuff more in her mouth than she can actually eat. Lindsay chose sooner. She stopped breathing. She turned blue. I picked her up and gave 5 sharp blows between her shoulders, and the offending piece of sweet potato cartoonishly flew across the room.


karen said...

OMG! I'm sure Lin doesn't remember it already...but how are you?

Kicking N. Screaming said...

This calls for a strong drink! Congratulations on keeping a cool head in an emergency.

When I was about 4 I choked on a green sourball my brother had given me. My mom performed the Heimlich maneuver on me in the hallway with the red carpeting. I still remember seeing that thing shoot out of me and down the hall. I wouldn't swallow pills whole until I was about 13; I blame the choking incident.

Anonymous said...

Did she giggle?

Sounds like fun sweept potato rockets... and all the mom attention. Kewl

Epiphany Alone said...

@Karen: Relieved :)

@Lisa: Yes, there was drinking. But, y'know, there would've been anyway.

@Anon: Nyah, it was pathetic. She wheezed for about an hour after that.