When did you know it was the right time to start thickening the liquid and grinding food? I've been grinding dads food when something that has to be chewed is made for a meal and I switched him to a straw because he would guzzle his drink down. I told my mom that dad should always be sitting up when eating or drinking and to slow down when feeding him. I've noticed more problems with his spit collecting in the back of his throat and it causes coughing spells when he reclines. I started giving him tea with lemon to cut the spit down and it seems to have helped. The problem I am noticing now is that even when drinking from a straw and sitting up, he has times when he seems to have difficulty swallowing and he gags and seems to struggle to catch his breath. My mom, (not sure what is happening with her yet) doesn't listen to what I am suggesting for dad and tonight she gave him his drink without a straw and he guzzled it and started choking. He couldn't catch his breath and she just kept putting food in his mouth. I told her to stop and finally she did and I tapped on dads back until he breathed more normally. I noticed that mom had not grounded his meat and was feeding it to him in chunks. He has no upper teeth either. Every time I have tried to talk to mom about psp and what might help dad, she agrees and then does the opposite. She sits in the kitchen most of the day and gets upset at me for not spending more time with her. I want to but I can't leave dad alone because he gets anxious. He wants it dark and quiet. Mom won't sit in the living room with us because she says it is too stressful. My brother and I are worried about her and are looking for someone for her to talk too who might be able to get through to her.
I need advice about my dad and his coughing and choking. He had a swallowing test about a month ago and they said there was some narrowing and some throat spasms. They didn't suggest any change in his diet but I feel he is in need of a diet change with thickening the liquid and grinding foods that are hard to chew.
Any advice would be appreciated. I'm planning on calling his dietician tomorrow.