You head out to the barn after getting the kids on the bus to find your worst nightmare. Your husband writhing on the floor of a stall, clutching his chest.
It seems like a heart attack, but you can’t be sure. As you call 911 he starts to lose consciousness. Dispatch assures help is one the way when he stops breathing…
On their way means 10 miles out.. the majority of which is gravel and the plow has only gone by twice since the snow storm a couple days ago.
It could easily be 15-20 minutes before help gets here.
In an emergency, seconds count. Those seconds can easily turn into minutes for those who live in rural areas due to distance and road conditions. So I ask… are you certified?
CPR certified, that is.
Knowing CPR could mean the difference between life or death, full or partial recovery.
The Red Cross hosts a number of CPR and first aid classes across the country. You can also check with your local hospital or clinic for additional opportunities as well.
The scenario played out earlier is all too real for farmers. February is also Heart Month. Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc) and make sure your loved ones know theirs too. Especially if there’s a family history of heart disease.