SWALLOWING NEEDS TO BE CHECKED AFTER A STROKE
OR YOU COULD POSSIBLE CHOKE TO DEATH
After a stroke, be sure the doctors check swallowing. You
could choke to death, if there is a problem with your swallowing
after a stroke. You may need to be monitored for a while at
mealtime. You may not be able to swallow at all. Hopefully, you
will be just fine. Make sure the doctor has this checked.
When my son first had the stroke, he was fed introveneously due
to being paralyzed throughout his body. As the speech therapist
did some testing on him, to find out what his swallowing
capabilities were, it was found that he was unable to swallow.
As the days moved forward he was taken off the iv, was fed
liquids and monitored "extremely" close when eating. As the
therapist moved him from the liquids to more . . . and more solid
foods, there was always the possibility of choking, which did
happen occasionally. However, with every stroke forward . . . with
every swallow after swallow . . . it was a great accomplishment,
along with a feeling of relief. Though he could not speak, I could
see it in his face . . . it would relax after every swallow completed.
If your loved one has a stroke, I know how hard it is to watch
them as you sit there helplessly. A tip from me . . . a caregiver to a
loved one . . . remember to "ask" the doctor if they checked out
your loved one's swallowing. Chances are they have, but it doesn't
hurt to ask. And remember this also . . . you are their advocate at
this point. Don't hesitate to ask ANYTHING . . . it doesn't matter how
trivial it may seem to you . . . because there is NOTHING trivial when
it comes to a stroke. You may need some special eating aids. You
can check them out here.
Check out this news article on swallowing after a stroke
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