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Old 06-29-2012, 11:19 AM   #21
 
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I'm relieved you're okay, S. You didn't want any of your co-workers to hit you in the back? Never be embarrassed to ask for help.

I've had a pill not go down right and just stick to my esophagus and it's very painful. Thankfully you weren't choking.

If the pill had slipped down into your trachea and you were not able to cough it up, and not able to breathe, you could have performed the Heimlich on yourself or bent over the back of a chair, sink or railing, so that the hard edge met your abdomen, right beneath your ribcage. The thrusting is usually enough to bring the object up. This is for anyone who might find themselves in a choking situation and alone.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:36 AM   #22
 
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I think what happened is what Medusa's said, right? That it stuck to your esophagus? I don't think someone could last choking for 40 min.

I've had that happen before. Its extremely uncomfortable, sometimes painful. It usually happens if I don't drink before I take pills.



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Old 06-29-2012, 12:37 PM   #23
 
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Glad you're ok!!!

I think I have a HUGE throat because I only got a pill stuck once! I stated there till the casing dissolved...

Then it tasted terrible for about 2 hours.


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Old 06-29-2012, 02:10 PM   #24
 
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I'm relieved you're okay, S. You didn't want any of your co-workers to hit you in the back? Never be embarrassed to ask for help.

I've had a pill not go down right and just stick to my esophagus and it's very painful. Thankfully you weren't choking.

If the pill had slipped down into your trachea and you were not able to cough it up, and not able to breathe, you could have performed the Heimlich on yourself or bent over the back of a chair, sink or railing, so that the hard edge met your abdomen, right beneath your ribcage. The thrusting is usually enough to bring the object up. This is for anyone who might find themselves in a choking situation and alone.

Really! When the girl asked if you were OK, why on earth didn't you just ask her to give you a whack instead of going to your parents?!

At least since you were able to cough, you were getting air through and weren't actually choking. You probably had just enough moisture to make it stick to the lining of your esophagus as medussa describes.

I had to use the back of a chair once for a DIY Heimlich - it does work.
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:26 PM   #25
 
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^^^ i was embarrassed! yes it sounds completely crazy now but yesterday i was just not thinking straight. plus it really seems like it wasn't going to come up easy (without forceps). i touched it once with my finger, it really felt like it was under a flap or something, down was the only way for it to go. when i got to my parents i took off all my clothes and contorted my body in all kinds of ways to get it to come up which still didn't work. i wouldn't have felt comfortable doing all that with a coworker.

medussa thanks for those self heimlich tips. i'd heard them once but forgotten. i guess the main distinction is if whatever is stuck can come up or must go down...
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:36 PM   #26
 
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Very scary! Glad you are ok!

Actually I appreciate the reminder b/c I take lots of daily supplements and something will take 3 or 4 at once because I've gotten so "used" to it. But I will definitely slow down and just take one at a time now.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:48 AM   #27
 
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SO got us some brewers yeast tablets to take because we're going camping and it's supposed to help with the bugs. You have to take 6 a day. o_O

I thought of you, lml, because I tried to do 2 at a time, as they were smallish-medium tablets, with a big gulp of water. No go. Even one at a time was tricky, they are a bit dry and chalky.

Thanks for reminding me about the pill splitter, curlypearl. I'm going to use mine for these buggers.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:03 PM   #28
 
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i got a pill splitter at cvs for $5. it's simple, easy and a potential lifesaver
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