Rapid response this morning on one of my patients.
The son comes running out of the room.
"My father's turning blue."
And, sure enough, his oxygen saturation is way down, he's literally turning blue...
"Nothing. I just gave him a piece of my cookie."
"Your father can't swallow."
"I just thought he'd want some cookie."
"He has a feeding tube."
"He seemed hungry."
"He has a feeding tube and can't swallow. He's choking on the cookie."
"Can't you fix it?"
And so we're working to dislodge the cookie... and we're working, as the guy's father is literally turning blue...
The son's phone rings. He takes the call (!) and then turns to me.
"Yeah, I'm really sorry, but that was my ride. I have to go."
"Yeah, I hope you can save him. But I really have to go before my ride leaves."
And he leaves.
We got his father stable again, fortunately, but, uh -- what????
Loyal readers will note this is not the first patient who couldn't swallow who's been fed food by family members. Hey, you know what? If your family member can't swallow, don't feed them anything. Better yet, don't feed them anything, period. I'm not saying the hospital food is awesome, but the hospital food is (hopefully) what they're supposed to be eating, with the right consistency, the right amount of salt, etc. Liquids-only, purees, whatever some doctor has said they need. Your cookie, not on the list. Ask a doctor first.