HOW I SAVED A LIFE ON VACATION

Because someone asked for more details.
  1. Last afternoon of our Cape Cod trip. Swimsuits already packed. My daughter begged for one last swim, even though it was cloudy.
  2. I gave in, we went to beach. Two of my aunts were already there, getting ready for their traditional afternoon Ladies Swim. I went into water with my kid. A few minutes later, they swam out past us.
  3. Daughter began to whine she was cold and went back to beach to play with her cousin. I kept swimming just off shore, keeping an eye on my aunts. They were headed back in.
  4. I looked back at the kids, dove under. When I came up, checked on aunts again. N was swimming. P was gone.
  5. I looked again, assuming she was behind a boat or something. Then I saw the slope of her back, the back of her head. Facedown in water.
  6. N yelled to me. "Sarah, she's not swimming anymore!" I dove in, swam out to her. N and I turned P over: she was blue, not responsive. I kept yelling her name.
  7. I hooked my arm around her and swam into shore, with N pushing from behind. On beach, she was still blue. I had never done CPR in my life. Everything I know about lifesaving I learned from watching Baywatch. I'm serious.
  8. That said, I had to do something. So I opened her mouth, breathed into it. Pumped her chest. Nothing. More breaths. More pumps. Then, finally, I heard it: a gurgle. She was alive.
  9. I turned her on her side and she spit up some water. Then suddenly my husband was there, saying ambulance was en route. P reached out for N's leg. I could see her breathing.
  10. She was in hospital for last few days. Probably released today. I'm back home in NC, still fully freaked. Waiting for day I don't see her blue face every time I close my eyes. Maybe tomorrow.
  11. The End.