another night in the hospital

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Judith
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   Posted 2/22/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
 
Just got back from picking up my husband from another night in the hospital!  He got a piece of chicken caught in his esophagus Friday night, he vomited all night and was so miserable, I took him to ER Sat. morning and after doing an x-ray they found that he had total blockage, the GI on call did an endoscopy and pushed the piece through.  I have been so careful on the foods I prepare for him, guess I'm going to have to puree it for him now yeah
 
 
 
 
 
Judith

hep93
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   Posted 2/22/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh, Judy!  I'm so sorry that happened!  At least he was still breathing.  Do you know the Heimlich maneuver in case it should happen again?  Maybe just cut his food into tiny pieces to be safe.

Hugs,


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Butterflythree
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   Posted 2/22/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Judy, I'm sorry you both had to go through that. I'm glad that everything turned out ok.
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Judith
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   Posted 2/23/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I just spoke with his transplant nurse and she said that if his varices were bigger (he's stage 2) that is could have caused bleeding!  That's what I was worried about!  Soft food from now on turn He is still very sore.  She also told me his MELD has dropped to a "10".  Thank you for your kind words.
 
 
Judith

hep93
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   Posted 2/23/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for posting, Judith!  Our thoughts are still with you.

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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 2/23/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Judith, wow what a scare!   I'm glad it turned out okay.   My husband's varices never bled.  He had them banded twice before they ruptured...thank God.  He used to eat a lot of nuts and seeds but after his banding and finding out what could have happened.....he stopped eating them......boy was I glad. 

Take care.......thoughts and prayers...... 


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exhaused
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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Judith

Sounds like you have my luck.  How strange is it to happen that Chicken would get caught in your husbands throat.  Thank God they got it out.  I really feel for you about the MELD score.  I have had MELD score melt downs!  After two years my husbands score is a wooping 12!!!  I don't even want to ask.  My thoughts are with you. Hang in there.

JoAnn


Judith
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   Posted 2/24/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you PG and Joann,
 
Someone told my hubby that they take you off the list if you get too low on the MELD and he has gone from a 17 to a 10 in a year!!!
 
Judith

damselfly
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   Posted 2/25/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judith, I have a similar problem to your husbands. I've had an endoscope done twice and a barium swallow. I also just recently choked on a piece of chicken and vomited the extra saliva for hours before the piece finally went down. (I have problems with chicken, fish and even rice.) It is so very uncomfortable. There really isn't a thing you can do for him while he's going through it. The Heimlech Maneuver does not work for food caught in the esophagus. It is only used when food goes "down the wrong pipe" and into the lungs. People confuse the two. Don't try to make them talk to you. It makes it more uncomfortable. The best thing you can do for the person "choking" is to help them relax, at least IMHO.

Judith
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   Posted 2/25/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Damselfy,
 
You discribed his situation to a tee, there was nothing I could do for him until I got him to the ER and they pushed it through turn .  Taught me a good lesson thats for sure, all his chicken, fish etc. will be cut up in tiny easy to swallow pieces from now on!  He scared me to death.  Thanks for sharing,
 
 
Judith

exhaused
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   Posted 2/25/2009 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Judith

I will never complain again because my husband cuts his food in such small pieces!  It takes him so long to eat I usually have to reheat his food twice.  I always thought he did it because he is so dry and it hard to swallow chicken.  I think I will bring on the smoothies again with protein.  I'm glad your husband is OK.

JoAnn


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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Judith

I can only imagine what a scare that was for you and your husband. I too get food caught frequently and sometimes even water when i take too big a drink (warn him about that one). Glad things are better now.

Lucy

Judith
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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, I will warn him turn .  He eats really good, say's he's hungry all the time!  I call him the "cookie monster" but he goes through bananas, grapes, Insure's like crazy and dosen't seem to gain weight!
 
 
Judith

damselfly
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judith, I'm glad my post helped. What has also helped me is trying not to do "two things at once" while eating (like talking!). As long as I just concentrate on eating slowly I am generally ok with most food.

I hope your husband is doing well. :)
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