Dec 12, 2013 - 2:23 pm
Was doing fine swallowing only 1 1/2 weeks of Rads left, eating my cream of wheat and enjoying it. Thought I would start back taking my vitamins I had to stop for g-tube surgery, so popped a big fish oil capsule in my mouth and then the fun began....
Started to gag as it got stuck somewhere in my throat. Tried water and choked on that it came flying out of my mouth, there was an awful gurgling sucking air kind of sound in my wind pipe and I tried to throw up the pill and that did not work. My sister in law came running down stairs naked from the shower hearing the wierd sounds, and offered to give me a Heimlick manuver. I shook my head NO due to the new feeding tube that was right in harms way, pointed to the fish oil bottle and mimed what happened.
Meanwhile, copious amounts of phlegem were coming out of my mouth, nose and eyes and I mimed call 911. I then changed my mind thinking they would stick a tube down my "friable" throat and injure me even more or decide to do a trach.
Eventually, it dislodged a bit so I could breathe better and now it hurts like hell to swallow. I do not know if it still is partly there or just injured my esophagus during the sticking phase. Able to eat ice cream and just had some slipery elm herbal tea. I thought I was checking out ALA Mama Cass style only the healthy version (vitamin vs ham sandwich)! LOL
I now smelllike fish oil when I open my mouth, UGH. Drove sister in law to airport and then saw my PCP who told me how he almost choked to death in the Doctors lounge at the hospital on a sandwich because the physician there did not know the Heimlick sign or how to do it. He made me laugh and we both are glad to be here.
Please do not try this at home,