Yesterday my uncle got choked on some water. After several hours of intermittently coughing and sneezing up water, mom took him to the emergency room. Prognosis? Two-thirds of his esophagus was filled with hardened food and the doctor thinks it’s been building for longer than just yesterday, or this week. So unless he finds otherwise, no more food by mouth. Ever. We’re back to the feeding tube.
Also there’s fluid in his lungs. Mild pneumonia. He’s in the hospital till at least Monday, when they will do another chest x-ray and some blood cultures to determine if he can come home.