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WWYD?? First Aid/CPR
Okay... every 2 years I am required to take CPR/First Aid. I always get nervous about the dummy segment, because you have to put your mouth where everyone else has!
Well, last year, it was okay, because no one was eating and I volunteered to go first and they had us use plastic shields.
So this year, I was going to just say I was getting over a cold and could I fake the breathing part?
Two people this time were eating peanut foods- one had peanut butter crackers, the other had a candy bar.
Well!!! Ever hating to draw attention to myself, I didn't say anything! BUT I did volunteer to go first with the adult dummy and was relieved. Then she pulled out the baby... and since it could be passed around, she just started with the person on her left (next to me who had been eating the crackers!).
So... I went directly after the peanut cracker lady! I kept trying to rationalize it... she was drinking pop, so that probably washed any proteins down... there was a shield between her mouth and baby, so unlikely anything went on dummy... then it was wiped with alcohol... then I used a shield, so the chances of anything touching my lips was LOW... Epipen was in my pocket... And I *was* in an emergency facility, so if I had a reaction, help was right at hand! But it still freaked me out and I wish I had said something!
BTW- I did NOT have any kind of reaction.
I just feel like if I had said something, it would have come across as being a bit obssessive compulsive (which I AM, I have OCD in addition to PA!). I mean... a logical person would say... "What's the big deal, it'll be cleaned and you use a shield!"
I don't know if I will need training in the future, because I will be done with my master's and may be in a job that doesn't require it by then...
BUT how would you have handled this?
I think if I have to do it again, I will call the class instructor ahead and explain the situation and ask what I can do.
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