Mar 15, 2010 - 10:02 am
The fact that you are still eating right through is pretty good already. Many of us were on PEGs for sometime during and after treatment. I had my PEG nearly 3 months post treatment and only took food through it till nearly 6 weeks out. Unfortunately with the food, you just have to force yourself and find the foods you can eat. You will find stuff you can taste though your taste is messed up right now, it should start to improve within a couple of weeks, but slowly.
You need to target 2000 Calories a day. If your weight drops too much, see you Doc and you may need help or a PEG.
I started back with eggs done like Junket, and soups, soups and more soups. Another good one is those baby cereals in the sachets, mainly fine oatmeal.Get one that has at least 200 Cals a serve. I took those with hot Rice Milk and you get about 400 cals each one (200 +200). I took L-Glutamine Powder in water to stop the terrible pain and burning in my mouth from most foods and liquids, and it also helps your mucosa heal.
About 3-4 weeks out I moved to soft vegetables and soft rice with more soups. I am 7 months out now and still have taste issues and struggle with my favorites namely Pasta. Its pretty much off the menu these day. I start the day with papaya or banana and cereal dosed with a Nutrition shake i get from Sunrider. Gives you loads of essential nutrients in one hit and Papaya is a great healing fruit. I have lots of salads with dressings or just plenty of cold pressed olive Oil and salt. Having a selection of foods to pick at is good i.e. in a chinese restaurant with a bunch of people.
Much of the difficulty now is related to the lack of saliva. It will get better Pino so don't worry about it but you still have a little way to go. The mucus will also subside and become a very minor annoyance within a month or so.
You will have to force yourself in a routine to eat even though you have low or non-existent appetite.
Keep up the fight and get nutrition however you can, whether it be with supplements, health shakes, and good raw foods or better - all of them.
Take care bud. You'll be OK.