Earlier this year I made a promise to myself…
After doing a EMT ride along, a veteran paramedic who had been in the field 20 years shared that he had never seen a single person go into cardiac arrest and survive who had not been given CPR prior to his arrival.
This astounded me. And also kind of scared me.
But I’m not alone.
Seventy percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency simply because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed.
THE PERSON YOU’RE LIKELY TO SAVE IS SOMEONE YOU LOVE
I immediately thought about all the people I care about most and how horrible I’d feel if they needed me and I couldn’t show up for them. Followed by, the massive amount of strangers I’m surrounded by in public places.
Pure math means there’s a solid chance an emergency may happen at some point in my life.
I began asking myself…
- What would happen if nobody knew how to perform CPR quickly, correctly, and efficiently?
- What would happen if I was the only person there and able to save them?
- What would happen if they didn’t get the crucial oxygen they needed within those first 2 minutes? How would brain damage effect the rest of their life?
- And the most jarring — how would I feel if I could have helped but didn’t know how?
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Did you know 4 out of 5 cardiac arrests happen at home? So the life that you’re likely to save with CPR is someone you love.
I decided it was my responsibility as a good human to make sure that I knew how to take care of not only the people that I love… but the incredible strangers I’m surrounded by everyday.
Because I know the importance of putting my goals on my calendar, I promised myself I would get professionally certified by the end of the year.
THAT THING YOU’RE GOING TO DO – YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IT’S GOING TO TOUCH
There are other ways I’d love to spend my Saturday morning than waking up before the ass crack of dawn. Especially after a late night out with great friends. #WhatHappensAtKaraokeStaysAtKaraoke 🙂
But the days and nights we remember are often not the ones where we got enough sleep.
So I pealed my buttcheaks outta my sheets and spent 4 hours on a sunny Saturday morning getting CPR certified.
It was not sexy. Although I did make a lot of suggestive mannequin jokes that I think my instructor appreciated. 🙂
It feels odd to write about “CPR Certification.”
But, I had to ask myself — what if this post saved just one life?
What if I could get other people to join me and get certified for the people they love or the strangers they haven’t met yet?
Sometimes we have to do things simply because we don’t know who it’s going to impact if we don’t.
And so, I’m reaching out to my readers, followers and friends and asking:
Who do you love? And will you get CPR certified for them?
ADD THE ABILITY TO SAVE A LIFE TO YOUR LIST THIS YEAR
In this season of “giving gifts,” I ask you to consider giving YOURSELF (and the people you love) the ultimate gift.
The opportunity to save their life by getting professionally certified in CPR.
(No, that one time in health class they taught you but you weren’t really paying attention doesn’t count).
Be one of the rare 30% of people who can confidently walk into a room and know that if sh*t goes down, you can handle it.
I hope I never have to save a life. But if I’m called to, my friends, family, and strangers can count on me.
I’ll be there.
JOIN ME IN A CHALLENGE: PUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU ON YOUR CALENDAR.
1) Will you get certified on behalf of someone you love?
If so, post in the comments with their name and when you’ll get certified by. (You can also do it for yourself if you don’t want to publicly dedicate it to anyone).
2) Search the American Heart Association Website for classes in your area right now. Call to get your training set up. (Putting this on your calendar is the most important step).
3) If you aren’t able to get certified will you share this post on Facebook, Twitter, with friends, family, etc so they can decide if they want to get certified?
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