letter to the pediatrician (the kind i never want to write)

dear deb and katie,

i just wanted to let you know that today during lunch calvin choked on a piece of food. we think it was a half of a grape or a piece of peanut butter and jelly sandwich or both. he stopped breathing and was choking so his nurse barbara and i quickly got him out of the high chair, she put him across her knee and, with her left hand under his sternum, she used and upward thrust on his back and dislodged the food. he began breathing but his color was off (pale skin and lips) for about five minutes after the incident, which we thought was unusual.

his nurse, barbara, told me that we needed to inform you of this for purposes of evaluating him for continued in-home care, since he seems to be at risk for choking as this is not the first incident of its kind.

thank you!

cc: bb, RN, BSN
cc: js, supervisory nurse
cc: michael kolster


  1. Oh my god! How frightening. I'm glad you were both right there with him.

    RR Julia