Aug 12, 2012 - 6:31 am
I'm 7 weeks out of rads, my sense of taste has returned, sweet and salt are normal, sour is off the charts and bitter a close second, but I think they're that way as there is no saliva generating at present. Sour causes the saliva glands to flood the mouth to dilute sour and make it tolerable, but with no saliva, the sour meter gets pegged.
I'm looking for help in adapting to eating normal foods (or at least soft ones) with a lack of saliva. I recall high school biology and that your salivary glands produce as soon as you put food in your mouth (maybe sooner if Pavlov was right) and you mix it with the food as you chew and then it lubricates as you swallow the bolus. With no saliva, even soft foods like scrambled eggs are hard to get down.
I'm trying to set up a strategy to mimic the actual saliva production so I can eat and swallow regular food and get off the PEG tube. (Dr will pull it once I'm off cans and maintaining my weight) Take a sip of warm water, put the food in and chew, add some more warm water as I chew and then if necessary some more water at swallow?
Anyone have tips to offer? I'm hungry for real food!