One minute I was talking with a friend at church with my phone in my hand, the next minute my child was gagging. Kid Flash hopped off the pew and was bent over struggling to breathe. He was choking on a piece of peppermint candy. I looked over, dropped my phone, jumped up and immediately starting banging on his back. Then I whispered, “Jesus, please!” I then switched to my best attempt at a Heimlich maneuver, while Kid Flash looked up in terror and pain. A mother’s worst nightmare…
He toggled back and forth between screaming and choking, choking and screaming. Thank God two other mothers ( my friends) were there. They jumped into action. One helped me with Kid Flash while the other asked if she should call 911. “Yes!”, I yelled in desperation. Why didn’t I think of that?!?!?
As I recall the beyond scary situation, I realize that Kid Flash must have been able to breath because he was screaming out for help. The peppermint candy must have been lodged in his throat, too large for him to swallow. As he continued to gag and I went back and forth between beating him on the back and urging him to “just throw up, it’s okay”, evidently Junior was in the background praying (my friend told me this after the fact).
Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, Kid Flash threw up the peppermint candy and started crying. I grabbed my baby, hugged him tight, asked if he was okay and thanked God and my friends for their help.
On this Thankful Thursday, I am ever so thankful for my God, who answers prayer! Even the short ones like, ” Jesus, please!” A good friend once told me this about prayer – “It doesn’t have to be long to be strong.”
Until next time-
…pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16 NIV)
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