Apr 3, 2011

The Problem with Saliva

Lately, Hajime’s saliva is increasing and we are troubled by it. During the progress of ALS there’s a problem that saliva increases.

When he speaks, the saliva adds to the problem and he can’t open his mouth as much. And whenever he sneezes, coughs or laughs, the saliva comes out so he can’t be without tissue or a handkerchief.

When I see him like this, reality hits me hard and it’s heartbreaking.

I have spoken to the doctor from UCLA about his large amounts of saliva before and I got a prescription but I couldn’t get the medication at UCLA so I got it prescribed from Kaiser and I got a patch to hold back his saliva. I think I’m going to try it since I have it right now.

Translated by Christine Shirota

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