Participation

Weekly Anamnesis #26

“There is a free CPR class that we can schedule you for, it is held one floor down in the NICU,” the nurse was sweet and smiling as all the nurses were. I still felt like I was walking in a fog and the thought of something slightly distracting was welcomed. My husband and I scheduled for the next available class. We thought we were just volunteering for the class. We didn’t realize that our participation was required by the condition of our son. I remember thinking through the class, “I didn’t even think about CPR, maybe I should have.” But then I realized that had I had the presence of mind to perform CPR I would have wasted valuable time and he would have died. It was good to participate in the class just to learn that I had done the right thing.

At the end of the class, the nurse teaching it accompanied us to our son’s room in the PICU and showed us where we would place our fingers, etc. It was when she had us sign the form saying we had taken and passed the class that the realization hit. It is good to be prepared, but it was an eerie feeling, participating in a class because you knew they were afraid you might really need to use it, and not on some stranger that you happen across, but on your own child.

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10 responses to “Participation

  1. I had a very hard time with the CPR class as well. We just used the dolls, but even still – I kept imagining my tiny little son and it was all I could do not to lose it completely.

    Not the best thing to do to a postpartum woman whose son just had open heart. Gah.

    (BTW, been reading you for quite a while now, just never comment.)

  2. The doc had told us he felt Evan could go home and grow a little before surgery would be required and then realized that neither of us knew how to perform infant CPR and signed us up for the next morning meaning another nights stay. Glad for the class but very scared that this was a test that we better ace and remember.

  3. Wow! A useful thing to know, but scarry none the less!

  4. We watched a video but we were not required to take the class. The reason was because of Evan’s pacemaker we didn’t need to know it, his heart would not stop with that in.

  5. Good you enrolled in the class. Knowing CPR is a must for everyone not only for those who have kids or family members with ailments.

  6. I know that feeling, but not as intensly as you. I remember feeling a little freaked out as I took the class while teaching, but what was even harder was our class on diabetics — as I practiced sticking an orange with a needle I practically cried, “teacher still loves you” I said. I think it’s because holding the needle was more real than practicing on the dummies.

    I am now so so so glad I took CPR before Little Red was born … but now I’m scared to renew and scared NOT to renew! (Thanks a lot!)

  7. I also had to take that class before M could come home… I also kept picturing her as the little dolls we were working with… I still shudder as I think about it.

  8. Erika, thanks for popping in! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wasn’t so nervous during the class, as after when the full purpose and requirement of the class hit.

    Sarah, those would definitely be scary circumstances

    PC- Yup. ๐Ÿ™‚

    AM- that must be scary and comforting at the same time

    Viamarie- Very grateful for the oportunity to take the class, I just hope that if I ever actually have to use it someday that all the information will still be there in my head somewhere. ๐Ÿ™‚

    PM – Understand the feeling, I would have a really hard time pricking on of my kids or students with a needle. And I understand your hesitation to recertify, I have that same hesitation. ๐Ÿ™‚

    April – It is goo that they train and prepare us, but it is so scary too.

  9. I don’t know if it was some oversight, but I never took a cpr class. I think it’s a wonderful idea but can imagine the stress of knowing that you might have to perform it. I’d be so worried that I’d forget something important.

    Remembering back, I did feel a huge amount of responsability coming home with Joseph, what if something went wrong…. would I notice? It would have felt good to have some cpr knowledge; maybe I would have felt somewhat empowered to help if something did go wrong.

  10. We were at the same hospital as the Walsh family a couple of months after them and we did not get offered a CPR class before going home either. Like everyone else we were very nervous to go home with him, to have Dominic not attached to monitors any more, so having a bit more info on what to do if something should go wrong might have been better (although scary at the same time!)

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