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CPR Scares Me…

Sharon Heart
Photo by Sharon Buck

Earlier this year, I was at Crystal Falls in Chelsea watching my boyfriend Chad’s band Cold Blue Steel perform. My friend Amber and I were having so much fun dancing. They are so good! We were dancing away when all of a sudden something changed.

The music faded away and on the other side of the dancefloor an elderly man had a heart attack. There were people standing around not really knowing what to do. A gentleman and a lady started doing CPR on him and kept it up until the ambluance got there. The man was ultimately revived and taken to the hospital. He died 4 days later.

Until you’ve been put in that situation, you have no idea how it feels to sit by and watch helplessly; not being able to do a thing while another human being’s life slips away.  We all have the power to help.

At any hospital including MaineGeneral and Delta Ambulance they have classes you can take to be certified in CPR. The classes teach you CPR for adults and children. It’s an all day course but you are certified for a year. You can retake the class every year and it’s a good idea to do so because, even if you don’t have the chance to use it that year, changes are made every now and then to help increase the survival rate.

Will I ever have a chance to use CPR on someone? Probably not. If I ever get the opportunity, will I be able to go through with it? I don’t know. I’d like to say I could but you just never know. It’s a scary thing to have another person’s life in your hands. I hope if the opportunity arises, I can put my fears aside and do what any person would do. Try to save a life.

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