Sometimes I can, and sometimes I can't. I'm talking about drinking water and other "thin" liquids. The other night feeling particularly thirsty, I grabbed a bottle of flavored water, took a couple "normal" drinks, and started to cough and choke, again. My husband glanced over and simply asked, "Too thin?" Yup.
Using a straw
My neurologist suggested this past spring that perhaps using a straw would remedy that problem. Which it does. I'm still not used to HAVING to use one. Plus, if I'm actually thinking about it, and am extremely careful, sometimes a straw is not needed. Sometimes.
Having to think about the whole thin-liquid-thing is very strangely familiar to me. A few years back as my mother was first in the hospital then transferred to a nursing home, they had to thicken anything she drank. So I have what feels like an eerie type of familiarity with this situation. I'm very glad she never knew I had m.s.
Sorry for rambling.... I guess the upshot is.... this Thanksgiving if you need your straw don't forget to use it and never be ashamed if you need to use it.
Does your employer provide workplace accommodations due to your MS?