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Hi, Dr. Mo here with JA. Please let me review the information and I'll reply shortly.
My concern here is that she is possibly having a central swallowing issue, meaning that maybe the nerves in her esophagus aren't functioning well and preventing her from getting water/food/saliva down. There is a possibility for obstruction as well. Either way, a hospital isn't necessary. A simple bedside (outpatient) swallow evaluation can really tell us what's going on. The GP might not be the best person for this, it's usually done by physical therapy.
Perfect. If it has resolved don't worry. If it happens again please follow my advice. If her saliva is really thick give her some things to induce saliva secretions such as very acidic foods (tomato, lemon, etc).
You are wonderful for taking such good care of her. Kudos.