Today's "Friday Link" is to an article on Next Avenue, "A Dangerous Health Problem No One Talks About," that really made us think and that we've been talking about with friends.
Few of us want to make a spectacle of ourselves in public, but there are times when taking your problem out of sight could cost your life. If you have food caught in your throat, are feeling unwell, light-headed, or experiencing sudden pain, don't go off alone. While this post may be specifically about choking, that's not the only medical emergency that might result in sudden death if you are by yourself.
You don't want to be found dead in a restaurant restroom. If you are tempted to leave a public space, take someone with you who might be able to call 9-1-1 and perform abdominal thrusts (aka, the Heimlich maneuver). (Directions for that are here.)
Yes it is possible to do a Heimlich maneuver on yourself. Here are complete directions from the National Institutes of Health.
So, if you are in trouble, use the universal signal for choking and ask for the help that could save your life.
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photography: © 2016 Penny & Ed Cherubino