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rachel12yrsuv
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Hey friends, 

i ended my speech therapy yesterday! It was happy and sad Lena my therapist was such a supportive soul and i will be sad not to see her 4 times a week. But its time for me to be a big girl and push on on my own.  So i finished at puree level and not many different ones at that.  My bithday is coming June 4 and i can eat cheesecake without the graham cracker crust and drink my much loved coffee so thats what will have to celebrate instead of Mom's homemade chocolate chocolate chip cake:(, but when i offer cold chocolate ensure for everyone thev all balked, dont know why,its good! Lol

anyway if any of you have awesome purees that you find were easier to eat please forward recipe for me id appreciate it! And again. From the bottom of my full heart THANK YOU for all the support to climb the mountain, long way to go to be close to normal but quite happy where i am!

 

Rachel

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hwt
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Congrats..knew you could do it! I can't help with any puree recipes but I'm sure others will chime in. 

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rachel12yrsuv
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hwt,

thanks for the vote of confidence, im glad you knew cause i was a little shakey! Lol

love ya,

Rachel

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that a year from now you very well may be eating chocolate chip cake....small bites, but none the less.....cake with coffee Smile

p

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rachel12yrsuv
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Your the best Phrannie, so positive! I cant just hear the smile in your type i can see it!

i will be eating Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake with Coffee next year, Phrannie said so!

love ya,

Rachel

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Rachael,

It is that time of year for graduations, well congratulations.

I hear you on the bday cake, for 27-years I’ve had the most delicious (scratch made) German Chocolate Cake with Rocky Road ice-cream, but I had to pass on it last year.  This year I will be back on track or at least heading in the correct direction.

Now, I am available for coffee each morning (black no cream or sugar), what time works for you.  Oh yeah, save some cheese cake for me, I need to probe my taste buds in that direction.

Getting better,

Matt

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rachel12yrsuv
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Time is all we have(thank the Lord), of course distance is the problem.  I can facetime coffee anytime you want and cheesecake too!

God put you on Earth to make others laugh Matt and you do your job well!

love ya,

Rachel

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For the smoothies I bought a blender, Vitamix brand, at costco.  Very expensive, but oh man, it can blend concrete into liquid if you wanted it to. 

It comes with recipes and of course, we have the thread that has many on this site.  so take a look at that option.  It works like a champ.  May be

some less expensive, but this one is very strong and solid.  I drink a lot of shakes too.  I buy some Boost VHC drinks and then doll them up with a starbucks coffee or fruit, etc.

Glad you are graduating to the next swallow level.  Be proud of yourself, you deserve it.

All the best,

Steve

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Steve, 

i will look into that.  I thought i looked in thread and couldnt find much but i will look again, thanks for the information!

 

rachel

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They don't call it Dunkin Donuts for nothing. Just take that hard to swallow cake and cookies and just start dunking. Cake you may have to use a big spoon but it works. After you move up this way the wife and I will meet you and your Bo for coffee. My wife's treat....well I take that back she will make me buy.

 

Take care

      Jeff

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rachel12yrsuv
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Your on Jeff and my man will fight to pay!

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Hi Rachel,

Congrats on defying the odds and taking a step forward! I had the feeling you'd do it :) So if you can eat cheescake, does that mean most soft foods? Pudding? Jello? Cream of Wheat? mac and cheese? eggs? etc.? If that's the case, then you will have a decent menu to choose from. 

The suggestion on the Vita-Mix is a good one. Those things are tanks! 

Positive thoughts, prayers for cotinued success and progress...

"T"

 

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rachel12yrsuv
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T my Friend,

thanks for your support and continued prayers I always need shout out to the Lord!

yes to your question, soft foods are in but more pureed like mashed potatos, cheesecAke without the graham cracker crust.  Eggs scrambled, cream of wheat, etc.  but some are way harder than others and i never eat more than a few bites so i am still dependant on peg for nourishment.  But being able to handle thin liquids shich surprised them is the saving grace, such relief for my throat!  Tonight for snack i am trying chocolate icecream and see how it goes.  Custard was the easiest food for me to eat, ecen though egg based, cant live on that!

how are u. I pray every night for you and all of our friends new and old on CSN?

 

your buddy,

Rachel

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cadharose
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Congratulations, Rachel. That is an accomplishment, and must be a good feeling. Remember that God doesn't always give us what we want, but He will give us what we need. 

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Cadhoarse,

its funny that you say that, through this ordeal, i kept thinking really God after cancer in 2000, infertity after cancer(do have beautiful 9yr daughter Faith since then), divorce, a few other side effecfs and issues THIS TOO! It was then that i got the meaning of "God never gives mire than we can handle" if you believe in Him he will alwAys be there to carry you through. Each test you must continue to go to God and ask for His grace and you will recieve it!

Thanks for sharing that message again! Good luck in your ordeal, here if you need me!

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rachel12yrsuv
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Cadhoarse,

its funny that you say that, through this ordeal, i kept thinking really God after cancer in 2000, infertity after cancer(do have beautiful 9yr daughter Faith since then), divorce, a few other side effecfs and issues THIS TOO! It was then that i got the meaning of "God never gives mire than we can handle" if you believe in Him he will alwAys be there to carry you through. Each test you must continue to go to God and ask for His grace and you will recieve it!

Thanks for sharing that message again! Good luck in your ordeal, here if you need me!

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Hi Rachel my dad and i also did swallow therapy as well as 3 throat stretches ad he is now eating most foods with the exception of chopmeat and ck breast (too dry) he used the bullet for sometime for extra nourishment it worked great.

His food seems to go down better with any liquid be it gravy or cream sauce or even a baked potatoe.  He seems to choke if he tries to eat and talk at the same time so I do not advise.  

I wish you continued success and just keep trying..what didn't work today may work next week.

best of luck

michelle

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I knew you would do it !  So you have a b-day coming up ?  I hope you have a wonderful day !  I love cheesecake....for the purees look under reciepes for H/N patients (internet).  I know there are many good ones.  I have a hamilton beach smoothie maker (cheap one) I use all the time for this.  I'm looking forward to the farmers markets this yr....fresh locally grown produce.   Hugs sent !  Katie  (I use the Betty Crocker site alot....excellant reciepes!)    

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rachel12yrsuv
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Katie, 

thank you i will take a look!  Typing on this IPhone is a PIA! Lol

 

God bless,

Rachel

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Skiffin16
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Awesome job....

If I remember correctly, there's a few links on the SuperThread concerning smoothies and blended recipes...

John

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rachel12yrsuv
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John,

it appears there where, one doesnt exsist anymore, one is to order a cook book, and one is some gross thing by Dr. Oz and juices i am looking for real food breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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I see there are a few links on there I need to fix...

JG

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Congratulations ! Normal is only a state of mind. Keep up the good work. 

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rachel12yrsuv
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Thanks Roar, ill try to remember that when it kills me that i cant eat anything i want!!!!!

MarineE5
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"R", great news. Hey fishmanpa uses "T" and Phrannie uses "P". I figure you might as well use "R" Laughing

Just a little suggestion on your scrambled eggs. I use sugar-free Log Cabin syrup over the eggs to help get them down. They slide right down for me....after a bit of chewing....and a sip of coffee...

My Best to You and Everyone Here

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hear your great news ! Congratulations on climbing that hill ! I thought the whole time that you would do it ! Sorry that I am late on your post  but I just got home from MDA - Houston yesterday . I will start a post about that in a little while. I ate a little Cheese Cake a few days ago at the Cheese Cake Factory, It had a little Whipped Cream on it and that seemed to help it go down, so you might try that on your Birthday Cake ! Just wondering you don't have any taste issues do you ?

Peggy

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rachel12yrsuv
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Peggy, 

i did of course 12 years ago, everything was foul.  There are things i ate before cancer that i never really ate again, fruit was one.  I couldnt take acidic fruit strawberry, plums(to sweet and tangy), grapes, oranges or juice.  I gained raw brocolli onions and few other things.  But now as far as i can withvwhat little i can eat, im okay, although i find not really enjoying chocolate pudding which i loved and chocolate ice cream?  So who knows?  I have no salvia and havent since 2000, what i have is that thick stuff just got used to it.  You ok? Why the question?

 

Marine5 tried the eggs in maple syrup and helped amazingly thanks!

 

Rachel

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but thanks for asking . I was just asking about your taste , hoping that the smoothies would at least taste good to you ! I still am on mostly liquids and still dry mouth and getting some taste back.  I used to LOVE Chocolate (anything !) and I ate Ice Cream every night 365 days a year ! I miss it so much and sure am hoping my sweet tooth will come back ! Sweets were my favorite food !! Might be a blessing if it doesn't so that maybe I wont gain my weight back.

Peggy

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rachel12yrsuv
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Peggy,

LOL on gaining weight back, i worry about that adding soft foods to Ensure.  But if i eat something substanial( which isnt often) i take a can off.

 

Rachel

ps drink a few Ensures and thry are milk chocolate and i think pretty good considering.  Thank God considering that is main food.  Ensure Plus milk chocolate give it a try and get a sweet fix!

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I still drink Ensure but I don't like it . While we were in Houston that's pretty much all that I drink/ate. I get the milk chocolate. I think that's why I am always craving salty ! About the only thing that I can eat that's salty is homemade Potato soup.

Peggy

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