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My grandfather found out about 3-4 years ago that he had Achalasia. He had the balloon procedure done twice and had Botox done probably 15 times. The Botox worked wonders, until it wasn't helpful. It would make everything normal for him for a year, then only 6 months, then it came to where he was still having issues two weeks after his operation. He lost around 50 pounds easily. He became so fragile. He shuffled his feet when he walked. He developed an aneurysm in his stomach, and it couldn't be removed due to his fragility. He would go three to four days without eating sometimes because he couldn't keep anything down. He couldn't sleep. He said water was the worst thing for him. It would always come back up. We began having problems with food becoming lodged in his throat. He couldn't chew well and was too weak to cut his food up, so his wife did. However, not always as small as it should've been. We would have to go to the emergency room to have the food removed. Three weeks ago my grandfather ate a piece of chicken, which wasn't cut up good, and it became lodged in his throat. He was constantly throwing up, spitting up, until he had nothing to come up any longer. We had to have fluids run through him so he wouldn't be dehydrated. After a week, the food had come out. But it was too late. He was now 90-100 lbs at 5'8. Bless his soul. He became too weak to stand, to use the bathroom, anything. During his final days we gave him water, at his request, through a straw. It went down fine. He drank probably 2 gallons of water in 5 days. He also drank a lot of his favorite soda, it also went down without trouble. We have him milkshakes & chicken broth. It went down fine. It broke my heart to see all of this happen when he could no longer enjoy it. My grandfather was put on hospice & passed after a few more days. I hope no one has to go through this with their loved ones. Please, cut up their foods as small as possible. Watching my sweet grandfather starve to death broke my heart and I feel awful for him every single day. His brother now has Achalasia. We have done everything precautionary possible and he has done great. I just needed to share this somewhere where people understood what he was experiencing. I hope there is a perfect cure found for this and I pray for everyone experiencing this.
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