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I have a vague recollection that at some point in my life I learned how to do CPR but it was probably when I was a kid or a young adult and I don’t remember much about this morning much less 30 years ago so I’d be pretty useless in an emergency. I can’t even get my phone unlocked quickly enough to dial 911.

So I went online tonight and went through four different CPR instructionals. I’m not saying I would be necessarily useful but I think now I would not be totally useless. At the very least I understand hand positioning (place two fingers at the sternum and then the heel of your hand in the center of the chest just above that), how many compressions to do (30 then two breaths, rinse, lather repeat), how fast to do them (about 100 compressions per minute – they say the perfect pace is the Bee Gees “Staying Alive” – no really), and how hard to push (about 2 inches in adults).

But reading things online and watching videos isn’t exactly the same as knowledge, so I’m going to sign up for a first aid/CPR/AED class with the Red Cross. I’m going to be just like McDreamy on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

It’s a beautiful day to save lives!cpr