Aspiration Pneumonia

Aspiration pneumonia is the medical term when food/fluids or phlegm of any kind go down the wrong pipe!  This is different from a bacterial pneumonia where there is an infection.

At the end-of-life swallowing can be unnatural and difficult.  A person’s weakness and progression of a disease places this normal daily act into a category of just to hard to do.

Here lies one of the most difficult struggles for people to surrender to, not making someone eat/drink.  The emotional wrestling that goes on to let “nature take its course” is profoundly hard.  Yet, protecting a person from aspiration is one of the kindest acts in caring for the dying.

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