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Water Anyone?

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.

Strangely familiar

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.

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  • katrina
    2 years ago

    I have these issues too intermittently. Sitting up straight and tucking my chin can also help. I’m more careful if I find myself coughing.

  • Meagan Heidelberg moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Janus –
    Choking and trouble swallowing has, like Devin said, been discussed within our community – just not frequently! We are glad you’re bringing it up! We are so sorry that you’re having troubles with thinner liquids. Here is an article regarding the difficulty of swallowing that you may find helpful;
    Best – Meagan, Team Member

  • Devin Garlit moderator
    2 years ago

    Thanks for this story Janus! It is seldom talked about, but a great many people with MS experience these same issues. It’s great to see someone bring them up!

    also, straws can be so important for a number of reasons:

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