Mom is breathing easier; thus, so am I. She is still wheezing a little, especially just after she gets up in the morning, but is much improved.
We had the swallowing study done today. They sat her between two arms of this machine, which when turned on, showed her head and neck like an X-ray on a little screen. They then fed her various foods laced with barium, which allowed the food to show up on the screen as she swallowed. She was very cooperative, ate what they gave her without fussing, and stayed sitting in the chair. Yay Mom! It was determined that she is not having swallowing issues. Yeehah, that is exactly what we wanted to hear.
She is now officially on a mechanical soft diet, since she won't wear her dentures. It turns out, looking through the sheet of allowed foods they gave me, that this is what I've pretty much been doing anyway. I did learn to only give her small amounts on the plate at a time though, so she won't be tempted to put too much in her mouth at one time.
In other words, we are doing the peasant dance of joy here at Maplecorners. Join us!