Dec 18, 2012 - 3:16 pm
We are now told that the swallowing of both food and drink MUST start through the mouth soon. Swallow, Swallow, Swallow were the instructions.
As a caregiver, how do you convince/encourage your loved one to start doing this. He says it's way too sore in his mouth and his tongue hurts badly to drink anything, let alone try to eat. I thought maybe we could start out with coffee straws and try to control the amount in the mouth with releasing with his finger. Maybe tipping his head back and slowly let it trickle. I'm really at a loss with this whole thing. I can't imagine the discomfort of the throat and tongue. Not sure who the baby is here? LOL
If you have any tips to share to get this thing rolling, it would be much appreciated.
As always, thanks for being here.
P.S. He was told that if he didn't start this process he could end up with his feeding tube for the rest of his life....yikes.