Then I also have the problem of aspirating or food going in my airway and down to my lungs, which would cause a chest infection. Normally we can stop momentarily our breathing (subconsciously) but in my case I have no control of my breathing - if a doctor tells me to take the classical deep breath, I just can't. I can just about swallow but it is rather hard for me and therefore I rely on having my mouth full to trigger my swallowing reflex. This has the disadvantage that sometimes food trickles down my throat, making me cough. Thankfully I have a good cough reflex and I cough up whatever is irritating me.