have a website called “single handed living”
where I talk about single-handedly dealing with
a two-handed world, which I have done since a
stroke 18 years ago. Recently my wife, Charlotte,
and I found an alternate meaning for that phrase
I was watching TV in our living room while Charlotte
was cooking dinner. She rushed into the living room with a
terrified look on her face as she pointed to her throat.
Recognizing the motion as the symbol for choking, I
immediately got up, and from behind her, I wrapped my
one good arm around her midsection. I instructed her
to hold tightly to my hand as I grabbed hers. She did as
asked, and together we performed the Heimlich maneuver.
The first attempt didn’t work, so we repeated it. The
second effort dislodged the bite of pork chop stuck in her
throat. Relieved to breathe again, Charlotte gave me a hug
of thanks and went back to cooking dinner.
I was glad that I had given previous thought to how to
perform the maneuver with my one working arm. “Single
handed living” when it really counted! Thank you, Lord.
DAVID LAYTON | Survivor
Summerfield, North Carolina
Survivor David Layton and his wife Charlotte