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Posted : August 16, 2007
forgive me if this is posted to the wrong person. My husband is being treated for tongue cancer and the treatment means that he will lose his saliva glands, probably permanently. He is a very keen diver and is trying to work out how he can continue to dive minus saliva glands! Do you know of anything like a water bottle with an appropriate valve that might work? All ideas/comments gratefully received.

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Posted : August 27, 2007
Ask on the medical forum first about the status of being fit to dive...

There is nothing on the market outside of the military for such a job.

On deco stops we all tend to use either the water delivery systems that walkers use (putting the water bag in a neoprene sleeve with a couple of those hand warmer pouches) or use foil wrapped drinks and learn to open them in your mouth squeeze, and close then put your reg back in your mouth and purge/clear as usual.

Don't though hold your breathe - learn to gulp and exhail in rotation - i usually do that via my nose - be aware though you will ingest air at a high ambient pressure into your gut which must not be trapped nor must this become so otherwise serious boddily harm will result as it expands upon your husbands return to the surface.

Shallow consumption of fluids is advised and nothing below 9m is our general rule... Please though post a question on the medical forum as to the fitness to dive post treatment.

Hope things turn out well, all the best Andrew
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Andrew Dawson-Maddocks
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