Choking is Scary

Brandon has always had issues with food and eating. He smells everything at least once before it goes in his mouth. If it doesn’t smell right, he will not eat it. Very occasionally, we can convince him to take a bite, regardless of the smell. Actually, this is how he discovered he likes oven roasted brussel sprouts (which are, indeed, yummy).

Smelling the pot roast.

Brandon tends to eat too fast when it it something he really, really likes. We do not let Brandon take food to his room for this reason. He needs someone with him when he is eating anything, because he chokes every 3-4 months. And it is scary every single time.

We discovered last night Brandon likes some of the hard candy leftover from the holidays. He would get a piece, immediately crunch down on it, chew it, and then swallow.

I was on the phone with my brother this morning. Brandon was hanging out with me in the family room, which is open to the kitchen. I saw Brandon go in the kitchen, come back, and sit in his chair.

And then he started choking. No sounds coming from him at all and a look of panic in his eyes. I threw my phone (which was on speaker so my brother heard everything), Brandon stood up, and I started abdominal thrusts. This is a bit difficult with Brandon. He is taller than me, he is stronger than me, and he was scared.

It took about eight thrusts to get the candy out. I asked Brandon if he was okay, he said yes, and immediately wanted to talk about Cabelas. He is fine, thank heavens. He seems to recover from these choking episodes much faster than I do.

The culprit. Now hidden.

I breathed a huge sigh of relief, found my phone, told my brother I needed to go, and promptly hid the jar of hard candy. I am absolutely certain I was not as calm as I could have been. I asked Josh to sit with Brandon for a bit.

I took a 15 minute break in my bedroom to take some deep breaths and calm down. I cried a bit. And then I went back to the family room and talked with Brandon about some of the animals at Cabelas.

Everything is back to normal.

If you don’t know how to do abdominal thrusts, please learn!!

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