Shane was just 36 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer due to his smoking and had to have a tracheotomy. In this podcast, he provides practical tips for living with a stoma (hole in the throat). Created: 3/15/2012 by Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Date Released: 3/15/2012. Series Name: Smoking and Tobacco Use.
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[Shane] Hi, my name’s Shane. I thought it would be helpful to give you some tips to deal with life after you get a tracheotomy from smoking. Like here’s one. When you have a hole in your throat, don’t face the showerhead. Water can go right into your lungs. So swimming’s pretty much out, too. Also, when it comes to eating, cut all your food smaller than a dime. And if you drop your napkin, you should squat instead of bending over to get it, because you don’t want the food in your stomach to come back up. Believe me, it happens. When you’re working outside, keep your stoma covered. That’s the hole in your neck. You don’t want grass or anything else going into your lungs. And remember in case of emergencies, CPR isn’t mouth-to-mouth. It’s mouth-to-stoma. Those are just a few quick tips; you’ll learn as you go. I did.
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