Jun 05, 2013 - 9:41 am
Larry really has done pretty well this week as far as moving forward with strength and endurance. His mood is beginning to change for the better...a wee bit. He went for another dilation on Monday and the surgeon tried but there was no resistance and no strictures. He still loses his voice and ability to swallow even his saliva about 6 times a day. Each episode lasts 2-3 hours. Dr Orringer says that he has vocal chord paralysis. specialists will not address this issue for 6 months post op as sometimes it resolves on its own. Therefore Larry is back to soft foods, mainly pastas with no meat. All other food tends to make the vocal chords stick. The blood clots in the lung have resolved and they believe the fluid in the lungs is due to his saliva going down the wrong track occasionally. If it gets any worse or he has more difficulty breathing the surgeon will demand visit with specialist. Unfortunately breathing difficulties with this paralysis would be treated with a tracheostomy. I found exercises online they are recommended for this and Larry has started doing them. I am certain, (positve energy), thaat this will resolve on its own. The man has been through enough.