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  •  I work in a skilled nursing facility. (5+ / 0-)

    The SLP -- speech therapist -- is the person we count on to determine whether or not it's safe for a person to be allowed to eat food (or if they need a special consistency).   That's vital when someone has a g-tube or ventilator and has potential to come off.

    Many, many cases of pneumonia are caused by problems with swallowing that lead to aspiration of food, liquid, or saliva into the lungs.  

    This is a huge deal.

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    Of course, I'd much, much, much rather have Obama and Sebelius responsible for running Medicare/Medicaid than any Republican.  

    Paul Ryan's courageous in a Hannibal Lechter sort of way. Yes, he might get in trouble for taking what he wants but the consequences for him are nothing compared to what he would inflict on others.

    by monkeybox on Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 07:21:04 PM PDT

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