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My Son Aspirated Dip

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Hello, my name is Donna….my son Chance turned 20 only ten days before he passed away on Nov 30, 2011… Six months ago. He still lived at home with me and his stepfather of 18 years and his 15 year old half brother. He had a sister age 23 and a step brother and step sister age 22 and 20. The reason I am posting here, is Chance dipped Grizzly.

I had always fussed at him for this habit. The night of Nov 28, 2011, he fell asleep with Grizzly in his mouth after taking over the counter sleeping meds….along with a Xanax a Dr had given him a prescription for. He aspirated the grizzly into his lungs during the night….toxicology showed the meds was nowhere near fatal…but was enough to make him sleep deeply enough that he didn’t know the spit was running down into his lungs.

When I tried to wake him that morning, I saw the dip run out of his mouth…he was already in what I later learned was Agonal breath….a death breath. He was in a coma…..by the time the ambulance got him to the hospital he flatlined….they got him back….but he got a fever of 108…and all of his organs failed…

I just wanted to warn people about falling asleep with dip in your mouth….and of course sleeping medicines….even over the counter kind like my son bought at walmart….and Dr prescribed….what killed him was the initial phnemonia from aspirating the dip…and just overnight that’s how quick it can happen. I tried to wake him at 6:30 am….it was too late….I just want people to know, please be careful…don’t fall asleep with dip in your mouth. If I can bring that awareness to just one person…well…Otherwise I don’t know how I can go on.

Thank you
Donna Hines
Below is obit
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=81284599

www.Giving-Chances.com

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david
david
1 year ago

damn i cant even stop falling asleep with a dip in ;-; and i do grizzly, which i am underage and i should not do it this kinda changed my mind about dipping and now im realizing this is from like 2013 also sorry for your loss ma’am

Donna Hines
Donna Hines
8 months ago
Reply to  david

Thank you David. For letting me know you may have changed your mind. You made my heart a little less heavy ❤️
Donna… Chances Mother

Danny Mcsweeney
Danny Mcsweeney
2 years ago

Im so sorry for your loss, i cant imagine the pain of losing your son so obruptly, i will keep u in my prayers ma’am.. that is crazy to hear though, because whenni was real bad in my addiction to opioids and xanax and heroin, i always fell asleep with chew in my lip, and ironically i chew grizzley, i had my ex wife try to wake me up countless times to spit my chew out, so many times i woke up in the morning with spit drooled all down my mouth and all over me, and my spit bottles were always spilt over in my chair or couch or my bed.. i am 4 years clean this april 11th, and now i know how lucky i am to be alive in many ways.. but occassionaly i still fall asleep with chew in my mouth, but thats due to have a really physically labor demanding job, cuzni get home at night so tired i fall asleep with chew in my mouth.. i need to stop that and even try to stop chewing period.. anyways again im truley sorry for your loss, no parent should out live their child, and its sad to see that. Thank u n god bless

Donna
Donna
1 year ago

Thank you . Hugs to you ❤️ I’m Chances mother. It helps my heart to hope his story helps

Diane
Diane
2 years ago

So sad about Chance. God bless you and your family. My husband takes pills and often falls asleep with chew in his mouth. My kids and I are always having to wake him up for fear something terrible will happen to him. Thank you for sharing.

Donna
Donna
1 year ago
Reply to  Diane

You don’t know who much it means to me that Chances story might help someone else. I miss my son so bad

Kobe chase.
Kobe chase.
3 years ago

Dannng…… it’s hard for me to sleep without a dip..

Nochewblue
Nochewblue
4 years ago

Slept with dip in for years. Started to wake up choking lately and now I’ve been hacking it up for over a week. I quit. Sorry for your loss.

Donna
Donna
1 year ago
Reply to  Nochewblue

So happy to hear this! I’m Chances mother. ❤️

Sam
Sam
4 years ago

I’m nervous and scared to go to the doctor because I’ve been coughing up flem every morning for a year because I inhaled chew in my sleep a few times, I’m afraid it’s not coming out because of the fiber glass In the chew is stuck down there like slivers.. My body is obviously trying to reject it and creating flem but for a year… I think I’m screwed and prey I don’t get cancer. I’ve tried and tried to quit chewing and even facing I may get cancer I have not quit..

catchkennyifucan
catchkennyifucan
4 years ago
Reply to  Sam

Fiberglass in dip/chew is a myth.

Shatwood
Shatwood
4 years ago
Reply to  Chewie

It’s not true. It’s something we were all told, but it was never the case.

http://thenewportblast.com/heres-fun-fact-chewing-tobacco/

Donna Hines
Donna Hines
4 years ago

You don’t know how much your comment means to me. Thank you so much .

Brandon Parsons
Brandon Parsons
4 years ago
Reply to  Donna Hines

I just quit dip a week ago today I used to fall asleep with dip in my mouth every night. I’ am a former opioid addict and I am1 year clean now and can’t tell you how many times I woke up gagging on chew after nodding off with a dip in. So thankful to be alive after reading this and so sorry to hear about your son. God bless and thank you for sharing. So glad I found this site.

Donna Hines
Donna Hines
1 year ago

❤️❤️❤️I’m Chances mother. Ty

Donna Murray Hines
Donna Murray Hines
1 year ago
Reply to  Chewie

Thank you so much ❤️

Donna Hines (Chances mom)
Donna Hines (Chances mom)
2 months ago
Reply to  Chewie

Just reading comments again tonight…it’s been 10 years since my son Chance passed away. Just wanting to say hello and thank you again ❤️.

Donna Hines
Donna Hines
1 month ago
Reply to  Chewie

Thank you ❤️ You really made me feel better ❤️ Chances mom

Killin Time
Killin Time
4 years ago

Donna, So sorry to hear of your loss. I dipped for 43 years straight and rarely in the last 20 years did I go to sleep without dip in my lip. I would wake up many times gagging or choking on dip/spit. My wife would beg me to stop sleeping with it, as it was not only bad for me, but ruined our good bedding and she would get so upset. I never considered the aspiration angle, but I do feel it was probably the cause of many a sore throat over the years.
I am 44 days quit today and I promise, to you and your lost son, I will not use that poison in my body again!

Donna Hines (Chances mom)
Donna Hines (Chances mom)
2 months ago
Reply to  Killin Time

Thank you so much! I hope you are doing good today! It’s been 10 years now since my son Chance passed away. Your post still makes my heart happy !

Katie ewing
Katie ewing
5 years ago

I’m so sorry about your loss and I want to thank you for sharing your story because it may have just saved my husbands life. My husband is 29, and he sleeps with dip in his mouth every night and he takes 6 Benadryl s night to help him fall asleep. I wasn’t worried about it until recently he has been experiencing all kinds of issues with his stomach cramping and throwing up blood, and he is constantly constipated. I tell him he needs to go to the doctor but for some reason he won’t. He just doesn’t seem to believe it is anything serious?

Shannon Granick
Shannon Granick
5 years ago
Reply to  Katie ewing

Katie,
Your response has got goosebumps going down my spine , I didn’t think there was anyone else that existed on the planet that was identical to my husband! Email me with your personal email my email is shaygray57&gmail.com. I have a very shocking story that will make your husband re think Benadryl and sleeping with dip in his mouth. Sadly it envolves my husband that I just lot in December

Frank
Frank
5 years ago

So sorry to hear this. This is the final straw forever for me. I will NEVER out a dip in my mouth again. I got drunk took a xan and passed out with a dip in my mouth. Luckily it was face down. I was passed out so hard that I could have easily choked and not even been able to wake up. This is very very real and I’m quitting all my bad habits as of 2017.

Derick
5 years ago

Though this is heart breaking and terrible news as I passed out on xans with a dip last night. But I dont see how this would make anyone quit just take the Pinch out before bed its really not that serious. Just don’t dip on xans because you will pass out and Xanax in general is the most addictive prescribed drug in the world buy melatonin for fucks sake lol don’t fall for the prescription route and do some research

Dipbegone
Dipbegone
5 years ago
Reply to  Derick

Well you seem to have it licked. All the answers. I suggest you move on and pump yourself full of nic and Xanax. As for here, us lowly quitters will continue. When u hit the wall, I hope it’s not too late.

Donna
Donna
5 years ago
Reply to  Dipbegone

I’m chances mother ❤️ Thank you

Donna
Donna
5 years ago
Reply to  Donna

Thank you to DIPBEGONE

Lunchbox
Lunchbox
4 years ago
Reply to  Donna

Thank you for your post donna …i am very sorry for your loss ….i have also fallen asleep with a dip in and didnt realize how serious it could be i just knew i felt aweful in the morning …im trying to quit now and will definately make sure i will not fall asleep with one in b4 tobacco is no longer a part of my life

Brandon Joyner
Brandon Joyner
5 years ago
Reply to  Derick

I do boy alot and im apways falling asleep with dip in my mouth thanks for warning me i got really sick the other day and couldnt figure out why and im 99 percent sure now it was from falling asleep and swallowing dip/dipspit. Thanks so much ill make sure i take mine out before i fall asleep. Hang in there hes watching over you.

Nic
Nic
5 years ago

Wow, I am so sorry to hear that. I fall asleep with a dip in multiple times a week. I will definitely spit it out next time I feel drowsy.

Chuck Birdsall
Chuck Birdsall
5 years ago
Reply to  Nic

My husband fell asleep with dip in his mouth and Ambien in his blood many times. He died of lung cancer in June despite having not smoked in almost 40 years. Dip and sleeping are a fatal combination.

Tex
Tex
5 years ago
Reply to  Chuck Birdsall

Sorry to hear. Yet it doesn’t surprise me! Dip contains the same carcinogens that promote inflammation and disease. Im just floored how its allowed on the market at all. I was dipping in HS and recently, and thanks to the net i have an understanding. Just take dried Tea Leaves and soak them in Pine Sol/Gasoline/Arsenic and plastics. (Nicotine is the least of my concerns) Now…suck on those leaves for about a 1/2 hour! 5x a day!

Patrick
Patrick
10 months ago
Reply to  Tex

Wait what. Really?

Tes
Tes
1 year ago
Reply to  Nic

Thank you Donna. So very sorry for the loss of your son. So thankful, too, that you’ve honored his memory by spreading awareness. My husband sleeps with snuff in his mouth, drinks, and takes high doses of melatonin. He is former drug addict as well. Aside from wrecking our sheets, it’s clear he’s having difficulty breathing. When I tried to wake him a few nights ago as he was laboring and gurgling, a fountain of spit and snuff poured out of his mouth. He started gagging on it as he woke.

I don’t know what to do anymore. He knows he needs to stop but he’s not there yet… 🙁

Dan
Dan
6 years ago

It’s hard to qwit I tried for a week and my body graved it I don’t know how to stop I fall asleep with it in my lip one or twice and iam always tired for no reason

York
York
6 years ago

I have dipped for 25 years, starting at the age of 15. I have just rapped up day six dip free. I have fell asleep in with a dip before only to wake up drinking my own spitter juice. Not fun but understand that under the right circumstances it could have been a lot worse for me! Sorry for the loss

alexander mills
alexander mills
7 years ago

Amen….. as I sit here now with grizzly in my lip your story has given me the encouragement to try harder and kick the can. I have slowly been weaning myself off of it. I am down to two dips a day one in the morning and one at night before I go to bed. I was dipping 2 and a half cans a day. Thanks for your story and I am deeply sorry for your loss.

Alex

Brandi
Brandi
7 years ago

I’m so sorry for your loss! I googled this because tonight as many others I’m on my husband for this very thing. I am hopeful your story will convince him. Thank you for sharing….

Jennifer
Jennifer
7 years ago

i am so sorry for your family’s loss. i am also SO grateful you took the time to save others by sharing this story. i’m sitting in a room with my brother who is on heavy sedatives while going through detox and he fell asleep with skoal in his mouth. i asked him to spit it out, but i knew nothing about it and he tried to convince me it was okay. as a last resort i googled the topic and saw your story as one of the first results and was able to convince him after sharing. you might have saved his life tonight. God bless you.

Corey
Corey
7 years ago

One thing I never did was sleep with dip in my mouth. I am sorry for your loss. Especially in that way. Dip should be outlawed. God bless ktc!

Landen Johnson
Landen Johnson
7 years ago

I’m very very sorry for your loss

Scott Harrison
Scott Harrison
7 years ago

Wow I never even thought about that happening I slept with a dip in my mouth every night for probably around 15 years I chewed for 17 total I have been dip free for almost 3 weeks thanks to hoochsnuff.com but even last night I slept with one of those in

Devin
Devin
7 years ago

I’m 17 years old and have been dipping for 5 years. I’ve been trying to quit for the past few weeks because my dentist is getting on me about it. Also, i have never fallen asleep with a dip in but I am going to use this story for motivation to quit. You can’t fight mouth cancer .. There’s no winning this.

Brian
Brian
8 years ago

That is heartbreaking to hear Donna, wish I had something more to say than ‘sorry’. I have fallen asleep with dip in my mouth before but had no idea this could be the end result. Day 1 dip free starts tomorrow, though I don’t know you, your story will play in my head every time I want to grab a tin. I will post back shortly. Your son did not pass in vain. I hope you have found some peace.

KATINA
KATINA
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Brian, thank you for your kind words to my sister. I pray that you were able to quit after reading my nephew’s story.
Sincerly,
Chance’s Aunt Katina

james
james
8 years ago

wow, i am so very sorry for your loss. like justiin said i’ve fallen asleep with a dip in but never considered aspiration as a possibility. thank-you for sharing this story of your son–it might save someone’s life

Justin
Justin
8 years ago

My name is Justin, I am 25 years old and have dipped for 7 or 8 years now. I have always had a can of Grizzly Wintergreen on me and I have tried, and failed, numerous times to quit. I just wanted to say that your story has given me more fuel to my fire to kick the habit for good and I never realized the severity of the situation your son was in. I have fallen asleep many times with chew or dip in my mouth, and aside from waking up and realizing i swallowed some and the hassle of cleaning up after myself, it never occurred to me that there was real potential danger there. It really is a wake up call and I thank you for that. I can promise you that it will never happen to me again, and I will kill the can for my health and for the people around me who care about me. Thank you very much.

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