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Posted by helpful hint
on August 18, 2000 at 01:41:18:
Thought I might pass on a helpful hint if you currently know someone needing the aid of a breathing tube.
If the patient can hear you ask them if they want to talk - if yes - ask them to give you a thumbs up.
Tell them that you are going to call out the alphabet letter by letter and when you hit on the letter they want - to give you a thumbs up or squeeze your hand.
To make it easier - start by asking if the first letter is a vowel.
This helped my husband "talk" to us. Not everyone thinks to do this but it just might help you.
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