" We were in the shed building a chicken coop. Gabby was sitting on a chair eating an orange and I walked outside to give Ian a pen to do some measurements. I was gone literally about 30secs when I walked back in to find Gabby very quiet (very strange for her!) and hunched over her plate. I ran over to her to find her choking. She had already vomited in her plate and she looked up at me with these panicked scared eyes that I’ll never forget while trying to get a breath in.
But there was no air going in. I screamed out to Ian while she threw up again and just as I was grabbing her to throw over my knee to do back blows, she vomited for a third time and a big chunk of orange came out.
Thank god! It was really the most surreal experience as while I couldn’t stop shaking after it all happened, during it, I was this weird kind of calm. And in the split second before I jumped into action I stood for a moment in disbelief thinking, ‘Wow..I just did the first aid course this morning about choking and now my daughter is literally choking’!
So while it didn’t come to actually doing back blows or thank goodness CPR, I believe my calmness during the situation all came from feeling well prepared and confident that I knew what to do. So thank you Edwina, I owe it to you that in a situation that previously probably would have turned me into a blubbering mess, I felt calm and in control.
Can’t thank you enough xx