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.
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!