Thursday

Do You Choke On Your Own Slobbers? How About Choking On Water Or Food?

When we choke on our own slobbers, food or water and it gets into our lungs, it is known as aspirating.    Mostly, people do it more as they get older.  LOL... Kind of like me... OLD!

I have always choked on my own slobbers, food and water, but recently I started choking abut 4 times a day.   What I just learned is, we can aspirate ( choke ) because our lungs are weak.

My Dad died because he aspirated very often and eventurally couldn't eat without choking.   Yes, he could have had a food tube put into his stomach, be he didn't want that.  So he died.

So, back to my aspirating problem.    When my Hubs got out of the hospital from his knee replacement, they sent him home with this breathing machine.  It is one where you suck in air and expand your lungs and increase lung capacity.

I started using the machine and in a day, I stopped choking so much.   I had no idea my lungs were weak.  Now that I know, I use this machine once a day... usually at night when I am watching TV.  I only use it for 10 inhales and that is it.  






I have only choked about 3 times in 2 weeks since I started using it.    I have seen that they sell small compact breathing exercisers that are good for traveling.   I need to look into these.  I think it is very important to keep my lungs strong.

UPDATE   I seem to have stopped choking completely.  This is so amazing to me that this little breathing machine can stop my choking problem.

29 comments:

  1. My husband had to use one of these after a virus attacked his heart. It was helpful in his recovery. What does your doctor think of your using this?

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  2. Great to hear it helped you with your choking :) long may it continue for you :) x

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  3. Never knew it could help with that, I choke every once in a while as it goes down the wrong way

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  4. Glad it works for you. Yea...it's no joke. Dangerous as we gets old and lung could be flooded. Can led to death

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  5. My FIL was sent home with one after his hospital stay and my MIL uses it all of the time for maintenance. I'm glad you're seeing some improvement with your aspirating!

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  6. Nice to hear it is helping you to keep your lungs fit!

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  7. Well now that you mention it, I do choke on things very easily, but I was told by my dentist and my doctor that I have a narrow throat, so I just chalked it up to that. I am so glad this worked for you because choking 4 times a day is way too many.

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  8. I never would have thought that choking was a sign of weak lungs. Thanks for sharing. I don't choke, but I know I have week lungs. I need to do something about it.

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  9. I sometimes choke, but never knew it could be down to weak lungs. thanks for sharing this

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  10. Wow! I rarely choke, but this is a great idea that I never would have thought of!

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  11. Wow! This device sounds like it could be the difference between life and death. I don't have that problem. Hopefully yours will be under control

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  12. I know that machine only too well. After lung surgery it was just about attached to me.

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  13. I had to use one of these when i first came out of my coma. Now not so much thank goodness. I hope this helps and you get feeling better.

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  14. I am glad to hear it helped you! My mom had one of these when she was going through cancer treatments.

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  15. My oldest son had to use this after his heart surgery and when he had issues with asthma when he was younger. They also recommended blowing bubbles - get out and blow some bubbles for your grand babies. It helps to strengthen your lungs in a fun way!

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  16. I'm so glad it's helped you! I never thought about the tool being used for that. Huh. I have one, got it after my surgery and it's sitting in my closet

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  17. I have before, but not often. I used to be a smoker, quit 10 years ago. I hope my lungs have recovered since then, but I will always worry that they aren't as strong as what they would have been.

    I am glad to hear this machine is working so well for you!

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  18. They always gave these to me at the hospital after my c-sections. I should have saved the last one, but never thought about using it after I got home from my surgery.

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  19. These devices are called incentive spirometers. They are great for people who are coming off of surgeries to keep their alveoli open in their lungs and to maintain and improve lung function. I worked in the ICU and Open Heart unit for years and this was a standard device in the units.

    I am a little concerned with what you describe as what is bothering you. Have you had an exam by a physician to see if there might be something more involved?

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  20. My dad had one of those after his hip surgery and loved it as well.

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  21. I choke on my own saliva very often. I'm glad that the spirometer is helping you!

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  22. My husband could use this. He chokes all the time!

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  23. I have never heard of anything like this. Very nice.

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  24. Wow if it was able to completely stop your chocking then that is pretty amazing!!

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  25. That's crazy interesting. I used to choke a lot when I was prego with Isaak. When I ate any citrus, that was the worst.

    It's good you got the choking under control. I have one of those devices for when my asthma acts up.

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  26. Really? An allergist suggested a smaller but similar device to me some years back but I didn't stick with it. Then last year a chiropractor suggested taking up a wind instrument! But it's the same general idea, strengthen the lungs.

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  27. It's so scary to think of what can happen to us - especially with choking! I never knew something like this existed!

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  28. I notice me and my dad has weak lungs and your story seems like it could work for both of us.

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  29. My disabled son choked on his drink a few years ago. All was fine for a couple weeks, then he was diagnosed with pneumonia. I knew right away what caused the pneumonia. For him - he can't do one of these breathing machines - he has no way of understanding what to do...he can't even breathe in all of his asthma inhaler using an aerochamber (spacer). I think it's great that you do this exercise daily. As we age - we have awful system breakdowns :(.

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