With a new baby arrival imminent, the Mrs. and I thought it would be wise to attend an Infant CPR class. We attended the course this weekend and we were very pleased with the quality of the instruction. What stunned us the most however, was the attitude of some of the other students in the course. For example, one woman managed to continue her needle-point “art” throughout the 2.5 hour course. I guess she was hoping her partner would be there for any emergency.
The real stunner came when the instructor was showing us how to perform chest compressions. With an infant, you need to perform the compressions with two fingers and do 30 compressions at a time. But to my amazement, one fella actually asked:
“What if your fingers get cramped”
I had everything I could do to bit my tounge and not say somethink like: “it’s okay, you can just let your child die! People would understand”. I mean, your freakin’ child is either dying or already dead and you’re trying to revive them, and this guys is worried about his fingers getting crampped!??? I may be insane, but I think “finger cramps” might be the last thing on my mind in such a situation. And even if finger cramps do start to get the best of me, I do have two freakin’ hands! If minor hand discomfort coudl get in the way of saving your childs life, why are going to be a parent in the first place? It never ceases to amaze me how self-centered some new, and current, parents can be.