Just 5 Seconds

Day 9 – March SOLSC

How can 5 seconds feel like an eternity?  How can 5 seconds be the scariest 5 seconds of your life?  Well, when your daughter chokes on some roasted cauliflower you find the answer to these questions.  Not a stop breathing kind of choke, but scary enough!

It all started when I told her she couldn’t have anymore roasted cauliflower.  While I was putting it away, she took 2 pieces.  Then she quick put a piece in her mouth to try and grab another, started giggling, and that’s when the coughing started.

My CPR and First Aid training kicked in immediately.  I swiped my finger to get some out.  She coughed some more.  I banged on her back.  She coughed and spit the rest of the bits out.

She’s ok.  Me, on the other hand, am still trying to calm down.  Longest and scariest 5 seconds of my life.

Lessons learned for Emma ~

  • Listen to your mom when she says no more.
  • Don’t shove pieces of food in your mouth
  • Don’t laugh or giggle when food is in your mouth.
  • Always sit when you eat.
  • Always listen to your momma!!!

Lessons learned for Mom ~

  • Breathe
  • Keep your CPR and First Aid certifications up to date
  • Breathe
  • Drink Wine (if you don’t have wine, Jack Daniels will do!)
  • Breathe

And I thought I wasn’t going to have anything to write about for Day 9!


I’m participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Thank you to the team of writers at Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful writing community.  A place for us to grow together as writers. 

11 thoughts on “Just 5 Seconds

  1. You aren’t kidding! I’m so glad that Emma is okay! We did have to call 911 last summer over some candy that was stuck. Tommy never stopped breathing, but it seems like an eternity. (Although my car magically flew down the freeway that day. Hubs was in the ambulance.) Ironically enough, I had my First Aid class the next day. We do need to keep these certifications current for sure! And please pass the Jack… 🙂

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    • When I think about it now, it was more coughing than actual choking but still scary! I did call the doctor anyway. Luckily the cauliflower was roasted and kind of soft! I have more gray hair now!


  2. So scary. We’ve had a few scares like that with my youngest… for some reason just him and more than once! I’m constantly reminding him to take small bites and eat slowly!
    Made for a good slice though!

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  3. I like how this post is mostly about you. When you say, “She’s ok. Me on the other hand is still trying to calm down.” We want our kids to be safe, but we need to figure out how to press on as well. Cheers to your well deserved deep breaths and wine!

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  4. What a scary moment! So glad you are BOTH OK. But it does make me wonder would I be ready if something like this happened? Would I have a clear enough head to remember what to do. It’s one thing to prepare, but in the heat of the moment, it’s entirely different. Wishing you a peaceful, uneventful evening tonight! 🙂

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