High client volume does not allow for the speech pathologists at HSC to follow up in person with all of their patients. So, they send out annual follow-up questionnaires, complete with a self addressed stamped envelope.

I just finished filling my out.

To sum up my responses, my swallowing/coughing situation has stayed the same. I appreciate the follow-up, and I assume that if I have increased concerns, I can connect by telephone.

But I did ask a serious question: when I am unable to activate the swallowing reflex, is it okay to add liquid to try and "trick" the reflex? Surely stuffing more food in my mouth isn't the answer.

Because I do wonder - what am I supposed to do. No body else seemed to think that squeezing my breast was a smart idea, so I'm at a loss. Is there another body part that can act as a "save me from this situation" button?

Should I tug an earlobe?

Wrinkle my nose?



High On Craft said...
July 19, 2009 at 9:15 a.m.

I'm so sorry! I chuckled a little at that "breast" comment - remembering your post about that particular incident. I'm sure you'll come up with a signal that doesn't test the boundaries of public impropriety. ;D

corina said...
July 19, 2009 at 7:24 p.m.

I say try them all...first a nose wrinkle, then an earlobe pull, and a breast grab for good measure ;p

Ladyfingers said...
July 30, 2009 at 7:21 p.m.

Consult with uncle Mike. I'm sure he could come up with a good routine for you.
Seriously, make sure they answer your question because you have to know how to handle the situation.

Mom XO

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