June 1st is National Heimlich Maneuver Day. I’ve never had to do the official Heimlich before, but I did almost choke to death when I was a baby. I had stopped breathing. My mother rushed to the bathroom. To this day she can’t explain why she ran with me all the way upstairs except that her unconscious “good guest” manners didn’t want a mess on her in-laws formal living room carpet. She flipped me upside down and slammed her hand against my small back. Repeatedly. A hard, round candy finally popped out. We both collapsed on the floor and cried together. I have no memory of this almost-catastrophe, but my mother’s sweet face still goes white when she tells it.
Alma is my mother’s middle name and in Not At All, Alma Tanger, marches her way into chapter four of Not At All. Alma Tanger is a retired pediatric office manager of one of the largest medical practices in Raleigh, North Carolina. After losing her husband to a sudden heart attack ten years ago, she became indispensable to doctors and patients alike. We meet her lugging a box of dusty knick-knacks. Rachel, a neighbor, in need of her village, stops to help. Alma challenges Rachel to think beyond what is comfortable and be willing to take on the challenges she was created to tackle. Alma is always looking for a way to bless others. And of course, she is trained up in the Heimlich Maneuver, First Aid, CPR, and other life-saving skills.
Are you trained up? Would you know what to do if someone was choking? What if the person was pregnant or a baby? I’d love to send you a simple one-pager on how to help someone who is choking. Send me a note through the Contact page or sign up for my newsletter. Print it out, post it on your fridge, and pray you never need to use it.
Have you ever had to save someone or be saved? Let us know in the comments below.
In Ephesians 2:10 we are reminded we are created in beauty and prepared in advance for good works. Hallelujah.
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