Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

So, today we had quite a scary occurrence.  First off, I’ll start by saying that Olivia has a cold with a bit of a cough.  She was eating popcorn (because they had popcorn on Veggie Tales and she had to have some.)  Sometimes when you cough, you inhale beforehand and when she did, she inhaled a piece of popcorn.   Thankfully, she was crying and coughing, so I knew that her breathing wasn’t restricted.  She was in great distress, though.  I tried to remember my CPR training from when Olivia was an infant and helped her get it out.  The popcorn piece flew out just like you see on the movies.  The whole ordeal probably only lasted 10 seconds, but it seemed so long at the time.  Afterwards, she threw up and felt much better after that.  Wow, it was scary.  So, I started doing some additional research on the Heimlich maneuver and have found multiple sites tell you different things.  Fortunately, you don’t have to perform it unless the person can’t cry or cough and isn’t breathing. This was not the case with Olivia as she cried the whole time.  I think it would be a good idea for all of us to review these guidelines because you never know when something like that could happen.  I am trusting the Heimlich Institute website, but for those of you skilled in this area, any suggestions or guidance would be appreciated.  They state something different from what I was taught which was to turn the child face down and thrust with the bottom of your palm.  I’m still pretty shook up about the whole thing.

The Heimlich Maneuver

Anyway, other than that. . .our day went pretty well.  I am now the room parent for Olivia’s classroom since they have not had one all year.  That means I have a Valentines Day party to plan.  I’m a bit nervous as I have never done anything like this before.  All I really have to come up with are snacks, take home gifts, and decorations.  I got a cute idea from my sister-in-law, Shelley, that we are going to make next week.  They are pink heart shaped rice krispie treats on a stick.  How cute does that sound?  If anyone has any other cute ideas. . .I’d love to hear them!


Don, Shelley and Izzy said...

This sounds yummy!!

Fruit and Dip

1 jar Marshmallow Cream

1/4 cup fruit juice (orange or pineapple seem to be best)

Mix marshmallow cream and juice until well blended. Add more juice if too thick.

Serve with apple slices and banana slices which have been dipped in Sprite or pineapple juice, canned peach slices, pineapple chunks. Watermelon chunks are also great when in season. We mix in red food coloring to create a Valentine theme.

Kim said...

Call me! I've always got lots of party ideas. Probably because I've done so many parties. Sadly we can't do all the fun treats, crafts, and games here. Everything has to be prepackaged and planned by the teacher.

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Anonymous said...

I know this is an old post, but I am playing catch up and I noticed nobody answered your question about the Heimlich. The part you mentioned about turning them over and doing the back blows is only for infants... babies up to a year old. On a child you can do it the same way you would an adult. Obviously a touch gentler since their bodies are smaller.

Glad she was ok!