But, then and now, I hope the time to use the learnings from my earnings never arrives.
The card? Itâ€™s similar to a regular business card or like one of those coupons a pizza joint provides for a free family-sized pie after ten purchases. It has a white background with tiny black lettering. Thereâ€™s a distinctive red symbol on the left side. Underneath Larry Patten (yes, my name) and next to the Red Crossâ€™ red cross are the fancy words, â€œhas completed the requirements for CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and the Healthcare Provider.â€
After an 8-hour Red Cross training session, I can perform CPR. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. And I know how to use the AED device. Automated External Defibrillator. The AEDâ€”modest in size, mighty in purposeâ€”sends an electrical shock into the body. Used properly, an AED can be the literal heartfelt difference between life and death.
At least, thatâ€™s what the card with smallish print claims is now part of my skill-set. But I beg you, please donâ€™t collapse onto the recently mopped floor of the local mall, unconscious and unresponsive while doing your holiday gift buying. Yikes! Other shoppers might gawk or scurry away. But Iâ€™m the dude with the official card.
Or would that be dud?
I did pass that test! I do know the drill! Continue reading →