CPR saves lives

Dear Editor:

After running some errands on Aug. 30, I was surprised to see my son, Jim, sitting at the kitchen table. “Shouldn’t you be at work?” I asked. “Oh mom, do I have a story to tell you,” and he proceeded to tell me the events of that morning.

Jim and his co-worker were out on a service call. His partner was under a truck when he started to feel “weird.” He had noticeable right-sided facial droop, slurred speech and progressive right-sided weakness. “Hey, man, we gotta get you to the emergency room.” His co-worker agreed; Jim scooped him up loaded him into his truck and off they went to the emergency room which, fortunately, was across the street.

Upon arrival, Jim’s buddy was promptly whisked away for treatment. Jim was able to stay by his side until he knew his partner would be OK. By the end of the visit he had regained clear speech, his facial droop and weakness abated, and the healing process was underway.

My first words were, “you saved a life by your actions, I am impressed, how did you know what to do” “Was it the CPR training you had because I know signs and symptoms of stroke are covered in CPR?” Well, of course that was part of it, but Jim’s response was, “Mom, it was all your ‘nursing stories’ throughout the years and re-enforced by Kelsey,” a very special student nurse. Oh my goodness, kids do listen!

In my opinion, Jim is one the many unsung heroes who like many people through the course of a day use their CPR skills to help save a life. CPR training can save a life. I have witnessed it many times during my nursing career, and I urge everyone who has not received CPR training to do it. You can make a difference; learn it, practice it and do it when the situation arises.

This gentleman has lived to be with his family another day as a result of the knowledge received during CPR training. CPR training is available at your local fire district (North Palos Fire Protection District offers a program several times through the year) or contact the American Heart Association for a class that is closer to you. You can help to save a life.

Karen Miller