I've been on a food adventure... :)

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I know it's a little early since I'm just at the beginning of my 3rd week post chemo, but I am SO hungry all the time. Last Friday I was able to return my dentures to my mouth, and tho it stung I forced myself to drink my VHC and Ensure, instead of tubing it...Anyway yesterday I went to Costco and tried nearly everything they were offering bites of....Ate nearly a complete Greek Yougur (peach)...then ate peaches themselves...tried a little stuffed green pepper. Everything stung by the the 4th bite, but I could taste it all (YIPPEE)....I also got up this morning and made Baked French Toast for hubby....it was ok till the 4th bite, then the cinnamon got to me....but still I could taste it.

Not giving up my VHC or Ensure yet, but I'll damn well get rid of this tube, I'm not going to be needing it anymore...no more treatments = no more mouth sores, right?? :) I'm feeling free-er everyday....now I think I'll take my Poodle (yes I got a new puppy) for a walk in the park...it's 80 degrees and glorious outside.

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  • Tim6003
    Tim6003 Member Posts: 1,514 Member
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    Yeah ...
    Good for you ...the fact you can taste it makes it great! It won't be long Phrannie and you will be eating your fav food again!

    Best,

    Tim
  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,723 Member
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    pet the puppy for me
    Hey Phrannie,

    You sound like you are off to a good start (so early). I try anything, but most get the “lard label”. Some fruits and vegetables taste pretty good, but most meats are yuck. You sampled quite a variety, which has to be a great sign for returning taste buds.

    Good luck, good eats.

    Best,

    Matt
  • boardwalkgirl
    boardwalkgirl Member Posts: 269
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    So glad you can eat and
    So glad you can eat and taste it. My taste is not coming back very fast. I know how you feel about the tube, me too. You are doing great.
  • ditto1
    ditto1 Member Posts: 660
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    CivilMatt said:

    pet the puppy for me
    Hey Phrannie,

    You sound like you are off to a good start (so early). I try anything, but most get the “lard label”. Some fruits and vegetables taste pretty good, but most meats are yuck. You sampled quite a variety, which has to be a great sign for returning taste buds.

    Good luck, good eats.

    Best,

    Matt

    Sampler Heaven
    Wow I was so happy to see you raiding Cosco and their samples. I know how bad you wanted to taste food and disgard the tube for the mouth and you have made it. Yes its a blessing to eat again, granted small portions and not quite like before cancer but just to taste something is great. So call the Doc tell him to schedule the tube removal, and swing by your favorite diner, dive or drive in and enjoy. I have done Chick Filet, Taco Bueno and local Pub as mentioned in a previous blog. I have had Dianes spagetti with garlic bread and tonight left over Mac and Cheese with a Nathon Hot Dog, still eating small portions, probably a 1/3 rd of what I used to be able to eat but thats fine, just to eat is a blessing. Im so proud of you and how you were there for all of us during this Bus ride and I always looked forward to your blogs. So EAT to your hearts desire, you deserve it and I look forward to the day all of us on this site can eat and taste as we did before cancer.
  • Sam999
    Sam999 Member Posts: 319 Member
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    So glad you can eat and
    So glad you can eat and taste it. My taste is not coming back very fast. I know how you feel about the tube, me too. You are doing great.

    Phrannie, sooooo happy to
    Phrannie, sooooo happy to hear you are eating! Keep trying and keep posting more :) happy eating!
  • Grandmax4
    Grandmax4 Member Posts: 723
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    Thrilled
    for you, it took longer for my taste to come back, and I'm still on soft foods and probably always will be, but, I can deal with that, what I do eat is scrumptous!
  • KTeacher
    KTeacher Member Posts: 1,103
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    So glad for you
    Costco! I remember getting a sample (cracker and cheese) and having to go straight to the garbage can and spit it out, too dry. Enjoy the adventure.
  • staceya
    staceya Member Posts: 720
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    KTeacher said:

    So glad for you
    Costco! I remember getting a sample (cracker and cheese) and having to go straight to the garbage can and spit it out, too dry. Enjoy the adventure.

    Yeah!
    Lets go to the buffet!
    Stacet
  • nick770
    nick770 Member Posts: 195
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    Sounds like a fun adventure
    Sounds like a fun adventure and you are able to tastle after the first bite, which is huge! Thanks for sharing
  • VanessaSLO
    VanessaSLO Member Posts: 283
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    nick770 said:

    Sounds like a fun adventure
    Sounds like a fun adventure and you are able to tastle after the first bite, which is huge! Thanks for sharing

    Sooooo happy for you Phrannie!!!
    Wow, this is great!!! Isn't it wonderful?? It's so good to hear how remarkably well you are! From now on there is really no more obstacles for you! Enjoy and bon apetite :))
  • Kent Cass
    Kent Cass Member Posts: 1,898 Member
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    Again-
    There you go, again, Phrannie, making my H&N experience one a Pushover lived! At your stage, I was crawling with pancakes drenched in syrup and butter. You're over 3-months ahead of me! Yep- I feel small, and am both impressed and very happy for you.

    kcass
  • ToBeGolden
    ToBeGolden Member Posts: 695
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    Eats!
    Great to see you're making progress. I have been lucky in that my cancer missed my mouth. I never had the sores, or taste or saliva problems. But I'm glad you are overcoming your obstacles, as we all knew you would. Rick.
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    WOOT WOOT...
    Look out, P is on the prowl.....

    Love the story, congrats girl.

    Excellent that you have a new companion as well....

    Best,
    John
  • Barbara B
    Barbara B Member Posts: 40
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    Skiffin16 said:

    WOOT WOOT...
    Look out, P is on the prowl.....

    Love the story, congrats girl.

    Excellent that you have a new companion as well....

    Best,
    John

    On Your Way!
    Phrannie,

    You are on your way!! That is such wonderful news...so very happy for you =) Barbara
  • phrannie51
    phrannie51 Member Posts: 4,716
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    On the prowl is a good way to describe what I'm up to.....LOLOL
    Last night I whipped up a mix of summer squash, zuchinni, Italian stewed tomatoes, green peppers and onion....threw it all in a pot and cooked it till the squash was done. Only put a little garlic salt in, no pepper or anything....and I managed two bowls of the stuff....the first bowl I even put a tiny bit of parmasan cheese on it. I was so sure it would be a stinger, but it wasn't (didn't eat the tomatoes, tho). Hubby thought it was a bland dish, I thought I'd been sent to heaven, LOL.

    I'm really pushing myself I know....pushing past the sting, cuz I want to eat so bad...Cinnamon stings too much to push past, but zuchinni doesn't :)...

    Now I don't have to go to the neighbors and watch them eat, and have them describe their meal to me...HA!! I can munch down a little on my own....thinking of fixing something with shrimp in it tonight....shrimp were something I was able to eat until July, so they aren't all that stingie I don't think.

    If anybody wants to talk food I'll talk with ya...it's still my favorite subject :).

    p
  • meaganb
    meaganb Member Posts: 244 Member
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    On the prowl is a good way to describe what I'm up to.....LOLOL
    Last night I whipped up a mix of summer squash, zuchinni, Italian stewed tomatoes, green peppers and onion....threw it all in a pot and cooked it till the squash was done. Only put a little garlic salt in, no pepper or anything....and I managed two bowls of the stuff....the first bowl I even put a tiny bit of parmasan cheese on it. I was so sure it would be a stinger, but it wasn't (didn't eat the tomatoes, tho). Hubby thought it was a bland dish, I thought I'd been sent to heaven, LOL.

    I'm really pushing myself I know....pushing past the sting, cuz I want to eat so bad...Cinnamon stings too much to push past, but zuchinni doesn't :)...

    Now I don't have to go to the neighbors and watch them eat, and have them describe their meal to me...HA!! I can munch down a little on my own....thinking of fixing something with shrimp in it tonight....shrimp were something I was able to eat until July, so they aren't all that stingie I don't think.

    If anybody wants to talk food I'll talk with ya...it's still my favorite subject :).

    p

    This makes me smile! I'm so
    This makes me smile! I'm so glad you can eat again Phrannie! It will get better and better and it's good that you can taste. My mouth was healed enough for me to eat 2 weeks after radiation but my sense of taste took much longer to come back. Congrats to you!!
  • hwt
    hwt Member Posts: 2,328 Member
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    meaganb said:

    This makes me smile! I'm so
    This makes me smile! I'm so glad you can eat again Phrannie! It will get better and better and it's good that you can taste. My mouth was healed enough for me to eat 2 weeks after radiation but my sense of taste took much longer to come back. Congrats to you!!

    LOL
    The day we've been waiting to hear about and you're jumping in with both feet! Good for you.
    Those shrimp likely won't be a problem but shrimp sauce might! Happy eating :-)
  • boardwalkgirl
    boardwalkgirl Member Posts: 269
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    On the prowl is a good way to describe what I'm up to.....LOLOL
    Last night I whipped up a mix of summer squash, zuchinni, Italian stewed tomatoes, green peppers and onion....threw it all in a pot and cooked it till the squash was done. Only put a little garlic salt in, no pepper or anything....and I managed two bowls of the stuff....the first bowl I even put a tiny bit of parmasan cheese on it. I was so sure it would be a stinger, but it wasn't (didn't eat the tomatoes, tho). Hubby thought it was a bland dish, I thought I'd been sent to heaven, LOL.

    I'm really pushing myself I know....pushing past the sting, cuz I want to eat so bad...Cinnamon stings too much to push past, but zuchinni doesn't :)...

    Now I don't have to go to the neighbors and watch them eat, and have them describe their meal to me...HA!! I can munch down a little on my own....thinking of fixing something with shrimp in it tonight....shrimp were something I was able to eat until July, so they aren't all that stingie I don't think.

    If anybody wants to talk food I'll talk with ya...it's still my favorite subject :).

    p

    I love to talk about food
    I love to talk about food too and I am glad you are tasting things. My taste is not coming back as soon as I would like but I keep eating. Made stuffed peppers for supper, we'll see if I can taste. The thing I have tasted the most so far was a breakfast burrito from McDonalds. They taste very good to me. Shrimp was something I tasted thru out my treatment. I ate Shrimp Fried Rice and the shrimp always tasted good. You sound like me, wanting to eat so bad, I wanted to get rid of the tube. That was my inspiration to eat and it worked, as of today I am tubeless.....
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    You Asked For It.... Shells Shrimp & Garlic Pasta
    Ingredients

    8 ounces linguine
    2 tablespoons butter
    1 pound shrimp -- cleaned and halved
    1/2 cup Olive oil
    1/2 cup dry White Wine
    8 cloves garlic -- crushed
    2 dashes soy sauce DO NOT OVERDO, BUT IMPORTANT
    2 cup heavy cream
    salt and pepper

    Instructions

    Cook the linguine and butter in salted boiling water until almost al dente. Drain and set aside. Combine olive oil, wine, garlic, salt and pepper, soy sauce and heavy cream in a large saucepan. Add the shrimp, stir and add the linguine. Stirring gently, cook over medium high heat for almost 10 minutes, or until shrimp is done and linguine is perfectly done. Serve at once. It will initially seem a little runny, but will set up and become a wonderful sauce. DO NOT USE HALF AND HALF! Don't cook it the full 10 minutes if it doesn't need it.

    Adjust to what you feel you can tolerate...

    JG
  • tuffenuff
    tuffenuff Member Posts: 277
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    now its my turn to be
    now its my turn to be jealous!!! i can only taste the first one or two bites of anything i eat but i am darn glad i'm eating, no matter what!