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05 Apr 2006

Hi, dad in hospital bad case of emphazima, had lung infection and has been in ICU, has had to have a pipe put in his throat to assist him in his breathing, pipe has been removed a week ago, he has no feeling in the throat, not swallowing, has been on a drip, is still on a drip(week later), because of him not being able to swallow. Have told him to pratice by "rolling little bits of salava in his mouth and swallow that, not working....Please help....
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01 Jan 0001

Dear J
Swallowing is a reflex and he may have temporary loss of the 9th cranial nerve function - causing the problem with the swallowing. Sometimes it helps if you massage the throat lightly and if you start with soft foods like porridge or jelly.
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