Whilst minding my own business in work yesterday, generally surfing theenchepholitis web and sipping at my cold decaf coffee i was told a horrendous piece of information.

A collegue becky told me about the time when she was eating a pea and breathed it into her lung!!!!  To my horror she continued to explain that following this awful pea incident it had indeed got into her lung and she ended up with a serious chest infection.

As i sat panicking , i checked the Internet to ascertain the dangers involved in pea consumption……

It read:

In medicine, aspiration is the entry of secretions or foreign material into the trachea and lungs.

The patient may either inhale the material, or it may be blown into the lungs during positive pressure ventilation or CPR. As the right main bronchus is more vertical and of slightly wider lumen than the left, aspirated material is more likely to end up in this branch or one of its subsequent bifurcations.

So, why worry, its just a small green Vegetable lodged in the lung right??

WRONG……I read further:

If enough material enters the lungs, the patient may simply drown. However, small volumes of gastric acid contents can fatally damage the delicate lung tissue. Even small volumes of aspirated food may lead to bronchopneumonia infection. Chronic aspiration may lead to bronchiectasis and may cause some cases of asthma.

Therefore following this news i feel the need to inform people around the dangers of eating peas and how to avoid such disasters….

These are as follows:

  1. The lungs are normally protected against aspiration by a series of protective reflexes such as coughing and swallowing. Significant aspiration can only occur if the protective reflexes are absent (in neurological disease, coma, drug overdose, sedation or general anesthesia). In intensive care, sitting patients up reduces the risk of pulmonary aspiration and ventilator associated pneumonia.
  2. SO,
  3. DON’T TAKE DRUGS
  4. GO INTO A COMA 
  5. HAVE AN OPERATION
  6. EAT PEAS EVER AGAIN……..

THUS THWARTING ANY DANGER OF PEA ASPIRATION AND SUBSEQUENT DEATH……

Thank you for your time, please click on the following link if you don’t believe me: HOW NOT TO BE KILLED BY A PEA