"Yes, it does," she finally replied, "Every time I swallow it runs down the side of my mouth. And I have to use my hand to wipe it. It looks like I'm drooling."
Smiling at my dear friend, I asked, "When was the last time you had some? I know it must've been weeks - if not ages." After a quick pause, I added, "You don't know how to do it without drooling?"
"It hasn't been that long," Juanita replied with a frown. "Oh, and I normally swallow without drooling."
"Can you just suck on something just to make your throat feel better?" I asked with a soft laugh.
"What do you suggest that I suck on?"
"I dunno. I'm sure there are some things you can find," I playfully replied.
Ignoring my last statement, Juanita said, "Sometimes, when I try to swallow too much - I start coughing, too."
"Dang! Just how much are you trying to swallow?"
"Just a glass........."
Shocked, I asked, "A glass?!"
".....of..............water," Juanita replied with her broadest smile, yet.
I offered, "I'm sure you're just dehydrated and that's probably why your throat hurts when you drink water." Adding to my last statement, I began to ask, "But, since you don't swallow any..."
"Water!" Juanita interrupted. She continued, "And I will buy some throat lozenges and try to get some water in me. I've been slacking on my water intake," as the barista hand delivered our drink orders to our favorite table.
Until next week, keep praising HIS name!
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