Jan 04, 2006 - 11:33 am
I've been without an obturator for the past couple of years. Sinus cancer took half my hard and soft palates in 2002. The first prosthesis no longer fit after my tissues shrunk following surgery. In the meantime, I've been using a feeding tube since I have not been able to swallow since May 2003. Although I still have some of my salivary glands, I have a great accumulation of mucus which I must constantly remove with sponge tipped wands. When the mucus collects at the back of my throat, because I can't swallow, it tickles and it makes me cough. The coughing can be a real drag when I'm trying to sleep or carry on a decent conversation.