This morning, I was enjoying my typical toast and coffee when I aspirated some toast. The choking and coughing brought on a serious Asthma attack. How serious? No air in! I could not take a breath because my lungs were blocked by the tubes being in spasm. I have not had an Asthma attack since I had Bronchitis last winter and ended up in the Emergency Room. Luckily, my inhaler was close and a few shots of Albuteral and I was breathing again.
I bring this up because aspiration is the number one cause of death in LBD patients according to the LBD Association WEB site. It is something I am aware of but I eat so fast, from habit, that I often aspirate and choke. This is the first time that choking has lead to an asthma attack. I will have to alter my eating habits. But that will be hard. The first ship I was on in the Navy had a Mess Decks that seated 45 men, The Enlisted Crew was 350 and we had 45 minutes for any meal! You learned to eat fast!
So, that is the latest problem related to the progression of my Lewy Body Dementia. If you have LBD or are a caregiver for a LBD patient, be on the lookout for this problem.