Dysphagia is one health condition people don’t usually talk about. First, it is unlike other health problems where symptoms can be clearly seen. Someone from your neighborhood or the person sitting next to you in the bus may have it without you knowing it. Second, people don’t talk about it much because of how most patients feel embarrassed at the fact they can’t swallow.
Dysphagia is a swallowing difficulty caused by either a nerve or a muscle problem. It may happen after a stroke, or as a result of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). While it is common among the elderly, it can happen to anyone regardless of their age.
In a video posted in YouTube by the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorder, it showed the challenges, especially the thoughts of both patients and loved ones, regarding this condition. While swallowing may seem like an easy task to do, the video shows just how difficult it is for a person with Dysphagia to live a normal life. They don’t think much about what they should wear unlike others and they wonder whether they should attend a party since there are other things they need to think and prepare to cope up with dinning. All they wonder about is what to eat and how to prepare it.
People with Dysphagia feel left out. They can’t dine like normal people. While there are certain conditions where therapy can help them (despite the fact it may take some time, other patients require tubes attached to their stomach for them to get the nutrients they need since they can’t swallow easily.
The challenges this condition has for both its sufferers and their loved ones should not go unnoticed. At present, there are institutions and organisations, who dedicate time, effort, and money for research and awareness campaigns. Here at myLiquitab, we focused on a solution to save both time and effort from crushing pills. We made sure medications are liquefied completely, leaving no residue which can also cause throat irritation or cleaning problems with tubes used to feed patients.
The challenges a patient with Dysphagia faces is not easy. And while some are able to cope with it, the fact they can’t taste the food others enjoy or even dine at a restaurant with family and friends, can cause them to have low self-esteem. We here at myLiquitab salute men and women who take both time and effort to raise Dysphagia awareness, care for the patients, and look for ways to lift up their spirits.