Today was a GOOD day at the nursing home.
I’ve been dealing, or not dealing, with DH’s weight loss for so long, I can’t remember how long it’s been. When I saw the doctor a week or so ago, I explained to her that he was having trouble swallowing, as well as that his mouth seemed to be in a constant rictus position. She took it from there.
The speech pathologist – awesome person BTW – has been working with him, checking his ability to swallow, seeing if he keeps his food down after he eats, and changing the thickness of his drinks. Today he choked on the already prepared thick liquid. He was supposed to have stuff that was just mixed, not pre-mixed. She made that clear to the staff.
After mixing some more thick water, she watched him drink it and we sat with him for half an hour to see if he would start coughing. He did. So now he’s going to get pudding consistency water. The thicker the better for making sure he doesn’t choke.
He ate every last bit of his food today. She changed him from ground meat to pureed meat and it’s made all the difference. He’s still able to eat soft vegetables and fruits without them being pureed, so he won’t notice much of a difference in those.
The nice thing about this is his mood. He is much happier now that he can actually swallow all the way what he eats, without it getting stuck in his throat half-way down. Luckily – although it took forever in my mind – this should help him not lose any more weight and maybe put some back on.
Whew. What you don’t think about until you have someone with a disease that makes it hard to swallow! Onward.