Today I spent most of my day relearning the latest and greatest CPR and First Aid techniques. While I certainly could have thought of other things I could do to while away my afternoon, I have to admit this is one of the more better training programs I have attended with regard to CPR.
Why CPR? Well, first of all, I think *everyone* should take a CPR class. Every couple years. Get "certified". The "rules" change every five years and it's just good to know what you should do 'just in case'. So just a few months ago (or maybe it was a year ago), the "new" rule is CAB: compression, airway, breath. Meaning: do compression (30 in 30 seconds), make the airway open, then two breaths, then back to compression... It used to be ABC.
You also learn how to use an AED, the varying types of masks that are available for use to avoid germs and you know, a refresher course is just good for the mind.
The other answer to "why CPR" is that I will be back to coaching for Girls on the Run (GOTR) this fall. I did it in 2007 for the Spring and Fall and I absolutely loved it. It was too much for me to coach and help CJ with her own GOTR program (she was in a different program) that I decided to not do it starting the following year. I really loved it and I was sad to stop but I'm going to give it a go again.
It'll begin in September. I'm looking forward to it. MiMi will be part of the program, the program in which I will be involved with...which, when I did it in 2007, it was frowned upon to work with your own daughters. But I mentioned this when I signed up and apparently, it's OK this time. A stronger need for volunteers, I guess.