Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Part 2

To read part 1, click here.

This week there was yet another story about a teen dying from this condition. About 10 years ago, I had a little cousin named Tiffany Hargrove who attended Richlands High School, along with my cousin Remy, who I was taking care of at the time. Tiffany was a freshman or a sophomore when she died from the same condition. At that time, this was unheard of and it left a lot of us stunned and shocked about the idea that this could happen to such a healthy beautiful girl. All we knew was that she was in physical education class running, fell down, and it was over just like that. Remy was good friends with Tiffany and it truly took a toll on him. It really left the entire community in a head stratching state of mind.

So now the questions have been raised about how we can help when this happens. Some have just suggested that the kids have an EKG as part of their physicals, which will be costly and may result in lots of kids not having the chance to play because it’s not that effective at pin-pointing the risks.

The best answer I have found is teaching the student body CPR. It was stated that CPR can help save lives if it is performed immediately. I think that’s cost effective and they could even have CPR as part of student’s physical education class. Every high school student must have at least one year of physical education to graduate and that is the perfect time to give the class. Also, it will just be good knowledge for them anyways. You never know what situations you will be in.

Maybe even our local hospital and health department can join in the efforts to help us get these kids educated and certified to perform CPR. Does this sound like something that is “do-able” in your opinion?

Side Note: To all of my friends, I will no longer blog for Realiteen. I will be moving to Justkiddin which is a forum about younger kids and it will mostly showcase my youngest daughter Sikia. Thank you all for the support and comments and I hope you all a great day and be BLESSED family!

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