Today the hospice aid was late coming to shower dad. Thankfully the shower wheelchair is here and that was easier for them.
The staff doctor came to see dad and said he wanted to start him on an antibiotic for the cough/mucous. I think he believes dad might have aspiration pneumonia. He suggested that dad no longer use straws for drinking and may eventually need thickened liquids. At this point, I disagree and think dad needs to use the straw for the small amount he is still taking in. He never seems to cough or have trouble swallowing when using the straw and I believe has a higher chance of aspirating liquid with a cup that is more difficult to control the portion. [...]