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I never thought about black pepper, but you are right.
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Black pepper is noticeable, but does not cause me serious problems. I like fresh ground black pepper so got an electric pepper mill. It starts grinding when I turn it over. I can't effectively manually grind pepper any more, but I can tip the pepper grinder upside down over my food.

I do drink most liquids with a straw. That helps me keep my chin tucked. I will keep using a straw as long as I can make a good seal with my lips.

I find the McDonalds straws to be the optimal diameter for most things. I can't find that diameter anywhere commercially, but if I do, I will stock up!

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Steve - I found some good straws for my PALS on Amazon - 17" Long Flexible Neon Straws - Assorted Colors - Pack of 200. He uses straws to drink everything. The straws have a 5/16" diameter, so they good for a variety of drinks , even milkshakes. If they are too long, I just cut them down. I also wash them out and re-use them at times.
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I buy my straws at Ikea. Big, sturdy, colorful and inexpensive!
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Yes, do the feeding tube as soon as you can. My mom lost 40 pounds over five months and since she has had the tube her weight has stabilized. Super easy. Usually a day surgery. It only takes about ten minutes to have a feeding tube meal four times a day. Best thing she ever did.

Like KW1234 above, the cough assist will be a great help, as well as a oral suction machine. Coughing fits have been managed to a minimum.

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