is my cry to MWM everytime he eats now. Why you may ask? Because last Tuesday evening not chewing a piece of steak properly landed him in hospital overnight!
The unchewed piece of steak lodged in his throat and he couldn't breathe so I belted him on his back a few times and tried the Heimlick Manoevre which unfortunately did not expel the offending object but did move it further down his gullet so at least he could breathe.
Unfortunately this also resulted in him not being able to swallow even his own saliva and consequently he was heaving all the time. We decided a visit to A&E was essential.
The triage nurse ascertained that he could breathe so it wasn't an immediate emergency and we waited, along with the cut fingers, sprained ankles, bleeding heads, drunks and everything else one sees in the A& E department, for 90 minutes until a doctor called us through to the examination cubicles. After an xray, which showed the piece of steak stuck firmly in MWM's gullet, and an injection of Buscopan to relax his stomach and gullet, we waited until 11 p.m. (it was 6.30 p.m. when we arrived at A&E) for a bed on a ward to become available. The doctor on the ward examined MWM but said the ENT medics wouldn't do anything about his predicament until morning, so they gave him another injection of Buscopan and put him on a glucose drip so he didn't get dehydrated and told him to try to get some sleep.
The following morning MWM woke up and realised he could swallow again so they tested him with sips of water then when he was able to keep that down they gave him some cereal and a cup of tea and sent him home.
Thankfully the only after affect is that his throat is a little sore and I am constantly nagging him to chew his food. So take heed - chew your food properly!