My Mom Has Dysphagia

My mom has had difficulty swallowing since May 2017 it accrued due to a mild stroke she had and because of that, she is a bolus feed which she will remain until her swallowing ability returns to normal. She is also a candidate for Aspiration Pneumonia, that's when something ate or drank could enter into the lungs before entering into the stomach and cause the person to develop Pneumonia in the lungs. I do feel in one more year she will return to eating regular meals. 

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  • I had problems swallowing my meds. Sometimes times they even traveled back up into my mouth! My doctor didnt think this was true til they did a test and watched as I swallowed a large capsul and it slowly came up! I now have to use someting like yogurt and then pills will go down.

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  • I have trouble swallowing also. I use Walmart’s Thick It powder, involved in speech therapy, specifically SPEAK OUT to help strengthen my throat muscles and learn how to speak with intent. Does anyone know how long I have to thicken my drinks?

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    • Don Steele well from what you are saying sounds like you need to do the swallowing excersize thats located on youtube. This link is for anyone who needs to strengthen their swallowing. https://youtu.be/H4S1Afq4fps

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  • Use applesauce to swallow your meds.

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  • My mother suffered a massive MCA stroke, damaging a very large area of her brain on the right side in April 2018.  It has left her paralyzed with numbness and tingling on her entire left side along with severe dysphagia.  She suffered another stroke in October 2018, most likely to the left side of her brain causing loss of speech. Interestingly her dysphagia improved slightly after her second stroke. With great concern for her safety in skilled nursing facilities, I decided to take a leave of absence and take her home. I have found it challenging to find certain beverages that are pre-thickened like hormel thick & easy for an affordable price that will actually arrive intact after shipping. I have used the powders in milk and juices etc. with no luck. My mother so far will only drink thickened coffee and the previously mentioned product. Any ideas?

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    • NeKole Hamrick  I am glad you chose to bring your mom home, your mom chooses coffee because when the thickner  is added it goes down easily so I suggest you remember the drinks she drank before the strokes and add thickner to them and see what happens.

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