I'm new to this discussion board but I'm hoping someone out there can help me. My father had a laryngectomy 5 weeks ago for cancer in his vocal chord but one of the worst things he is dealing with since surgery is all the coughing he is doing. It interfers with all aspects of his life. It especially disturbs his sleep. He'll soon be 81 but prior to his diagnosis he was a very active man. He excercised every day and spent hours working on his computer writing a book. But he is worn out now dealing with the constant coughing. Every time he coughs he removes the the lary tube so that doesn't get dirty from the mucous but having to do this over and over again all day and all night is really bothering him. I'm wondering if anyone out there has any advice or can talk about their situation. I don't know if this coughing will improve or will it always be the same? I know everyone is different, but just wondered what your thoughts were on this situation. My dad tries to drink plenty of fluids to keep his mucus thin and uses a humidifier at night to help make the air in his room moist. He wears a device in his lary tube which keeps the air moist and warm during the day. He lives with my 83 year old mom who helps him as much as she can. Anyone have any tips or can share their experiences post laryngectomy? Thank you.
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