Thursday, June 12, 2008

Memorial Dance for Aunt Judy

Part of a dance performance for my Aunt Judy, who passed away recently. The dance was performed by Na Mamo No'eau, where Judy was taking hula lessons. She was a very vibrant person and made many friends, so the loss is all the more saddening.


If there's anything to be gained from losing her, it would be learning to notice when someone appears to be choking - ask them if they can breathe! Aunt Judy unfortunately was choking on a cough drop after walking out of a BART station where nobody knew what to do.

Choking Treatment Instructions

CPR Instructions

2 comments:

Armand Serrano said...

My condolences to you, David. It's tragic to lose a life where a very simple maneuver (which is accessible to everyone) could have been administered. I had a friend in college who passed on just because another classmate just got tired administering CPR on the way to the hospital. Sad. Take care.

david mar said...

Armand,

Sorry to hear of your loss as well. No matter how you lose someone it's horrible, but it seems all the more senseless when it's entirely avoidable. In your case that must have been a real tough situation - it hadn't occurred to me that you might simply run out of energy before help arrived. Ever since my aunt died I've been keeping a CPR card on me: there's one from here:

http://depts.washington.edu/learncpr/

The only problem might be that they don't make the procedure clear as far as making sure someone can breathe and isn't choking, before administering CPR. Sorry to prolong the sad topics...