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thennies61
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Went and seen my speach specialist today and she took x-rays and gave me the ok to start eating soft foods and liquids.Was nice just to swish water arounf my mouth again.We will start next week before the rads so she can teach me the exercises and massaging of throat and tounge to get everything strong again she said she helps this type of cancer and has good reponce so things are looking up.She said that the stronger my tounge becomes the less drooling will happen.But still will have full mouth for a while.

KTeacher
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Sounds like you have a good team in your corner.  Enjoy starting to eat next week.  Make sure that you have something for your skin after radiation treatment.  My rad team gave me the cream.

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thennies61
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Same thing I was telling my brother that got lucky with some good people.Yes she gave me some cream and said where to get more.So also got me some washwash to use plus to use the salt and baking soda.Now wondering being a guy is it like Arm&Hammer baking soda or cooking backing soda:)

 

KTeacher
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That's the one.  Don't use the one that you have had in the refrigerator for 6 months!

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debbiejeanne
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glad u get 2 start eating.  good luck and let us know how you do and what you try/eat.

dj

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Grandmax4
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Do the exercises faithfully , bet you cant wait to eat a bite of real food..my first was fried egg yolk, nothing had or has ever tasted so good.

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thennies61
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Tried some pudding and was alittle hard to get down but better the more water I sippped.It's been awhile so figured it will take time and as the speach specialist said the more I use the tounge to eat the stronger it will become.Just like any muscle if you don't use it it becomes weak.

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hwt
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Pudding seems like a logical choice but it can be difficult sometimes. Similar to mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, if not the exact consistancy, it just won't go down easy. Try eggs. Also try milk rather than water.  Cool Whip. I had great luck early on with crab legs in melted butter. Baked potato loaded w/butter and sour cream. Pancakes and plenty of syrup. Things at room temperature were easier for me. Good luck!

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thennies61
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Was going to try eggs for dinner tommorrow thought pudding would be easy but kind stuck in back of throat for a while.And yes room temp kind shying away from anything hot as I don't have total feeling in the front of my tounge or lips yet.How does oatmeal go down? Was eating that before surgery and seemed ok along with soup.

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Grandmax4
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of eggs, I couldn't do, but, the yolks..yummy. I couldn't do oatmeal or pudding...yogurt (yoplait ) is good, pancakes with lots of syrup & butter, I heated V8 and crushed ritz crackers in, went down great for me. scrambled eggs, there's a shake product, I got mine from Amazon, called Scandishake, it's delicious made with milk or ice water, and gives you 600 calaries a shake, Mashed potatoes ( i bought the Bob Evans instant ) are good, lots of butter~~~gosh, it's been so long I can't think..I did drink  ensure, boost, and carnation instant breakfast

this was all after close to 3 months out, so you're doing fabulous!

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thennies61
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Is alittle rough yet .She said it would be till everything started working right.Could go for some pancakes been awhile on the.Towards the end and close to surgery about all I did eat was ensure scrambled eggs soup and pudding.Have bought ice cream for shakes or maybe just eat like it is and see what happens.Wanna be careful yet don't want to be shy to try.

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