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Swallowing water accomplished!

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cureitall66
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As most of you know we were struggling with some of the Dr's last orders after tx and they were to SWALLOW! This was a bit of a problem because of the thick mucus and some pain. But after getting great advice from all of my peeps here with using the suction machine more and more rinsing with the salt/baking soda, and working it with the meds we DID IT!!! ...just some simple adjustments. He called me at work yesterday to tell me he did it! I think because he was alone at home and relaxed with no pressures of anyone he just did it. He says it was in his window of meds and thinks that helped, but either way it was what we were looking for .....TO USE THOSE MUSCLES! He drank again today several times....

Thank you all for your words of encouragement and advice. It really helped. I read all of them to him and I think knowing he's not alone helped!

Love you guys!

Merry Christmas &
God Bless Us ALL!

Cris

KJCorri
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I'm kinda new around here, but i wanted to chime in and say Congratulations! What an accomplishment!
Kylie

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Tim6003
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Good for Kreg....

I did the ensure, but since it was a bit thick I would half and half it with skim milk to get it down ..I hope Kreg can just chug away!! :)

Best,

Tim

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Skiffin16
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Glad that he's turning the corner.

JG

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longtermsurvivor
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tried to email you today. My email bounced. You've evidently got your email filters cranked down, and I need you to whitelist me in order to communicate. Or not, if you'd rather not talk to me:)

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Skiffin16
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Email should be fixed buddy..., sent you a test email.

JG

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phrannie51
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What a relief for both of you, too!! I think now you're going to see things start to turn around....these small steps are the foundation of healing and getting stronger. Also, they build confidence in trying other things as they come along. Who'd have thought 6 months ago, that you could get a whole cheering section WA HOO'ing for drinking water, huh?? :)

p

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longtermsurvivor
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He's on his way. Needs to be patient, because the improvements are likely to come very slowly. Remember that all the liquid dietary supplements are mostly water, so if he's gonna drink 8 ounces of anything, it might as well contain calories and protein.

Pat

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longtermsurvivor
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these responses load f.rom the top now

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cureitall66
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That's the next plan, to get that Boost or the Ensure through the mouth also! I'm already working on my soup and smoothie recipes so were getting those reintroduced again as well. His mood has changed somewhat from this accomplishment.....but, we're still working on the emotional breakdowns and I know it will come around. We're looking into getting him on Lexapro (once daily with longer effects) rather than that Ativan(every 8 hrs with short effects). I'm hoping this will all come together soon for him....he doesn't have much patience when it comes to being sick...but, obviously he's learning because he doesn't have a choice with this.

~C

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Pam M
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Funny to think you'd be so grateful for something you never considered before, isn't it? Hope the progress snowballs.

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VivianLee5689
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I am so very glad he is having some success. I know it must have been difficult for him to get up the courage to swallow when anticipating it was going to hurt. He is very lucky to have you looking out for him.

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blackswampboy
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much to be said for dogged perseverance. :-)

merry christmas to you and yours.

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ToBeGolden
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Every little accomplishment is a big step forward. If you haven't been here, you don't know how much these little steps mean. Rick.

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CivilMatt
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Cris,

He will find out that many improvements follow swallowing and good hydration.

Keep moving forward.

Best,

Matt

katenorwood
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Cris,
I think sometimes in life others don't or won't get an opportunity to cherish the small things in life. I have learned so much through this journey we are all on together. I am so happy to hear of his accomplishments on the swallowing issue.....tell him job well done ! Merry Christmas to you and yours, Katie

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