15They Even Had To Drink And Eat In There
Three young children (fourth patient not shown) lay in the massive iron lung while a nurse stands by ready with a cup of water for one of the boys. When it came to beverages, straws were an obvious necessity while in the iron lung. Adults and children who found themselves
in the machine had to learn how to do everything while laying on their backs. Drinking and eating had to be done very carefully so that the patients didn't choke while swallowing. They had to get the timing just right so that they swallowed on the outtake of air. If they missed the timing and swallowed on the intake of air, there was a good chance that the food or drink would be aspirated into their lungs. As you can imagine, even with a good amount of practice this strict swallowing schedule must have made for a very stressful mealtime.