I beg the collective culinary imagination and genius of the Dope: please help me!
I just finished seven weeks of cancer treatments: radiation and chemo (Taxol, Carboplatin, and Erbitux, if anyone’s interested). As predicted by all the medical people, the side effects are not gone yet, and I am having trouble with food. My appetite is crippled in four ways:
The chemo gave me a TERRIBLE taste in my mouth, all the time: soapy and stale, like soap scum and hangover breath. Many things, including plain cold water, taste ghastly. Anything bitter (coffee, chocolate, beer, garlic, etc. ) is absolutely out. Things that taste good tend to be strong on the other tastebud receptors: sour, sweet, salty, or a combo of those.
The radiation was to the side of my neck and gave me a bit of a sore throat. Swallowing is easier than it was, but things need to be smooth and not too acidic.
I’m a little nauseous most of the time, and a lot nauseous some of the time.
My sense of smell is hyperalert – our fridge, for instance, being respectably but not spotlessly clean, like most fridges, makes me gag even from the next room. Cooking chicken smells like death.
Foods I’ve been relying on for weeks that I am now sick of: sorbet and ice cream in fruit flavors, especially raspberry and mango; borscht with the ingredients grated; pudding; custard; mashed potatoes; fresh mozzarella; Kalamata olives; gently-cooked scrambled eggs
Foods I’m not sick of yet and can swallow if I chew well enough: Bacon (thank Og), pepperoni, several kinds of veggies, non-citrus fruits if they don’t have seeds or if the seeds are taken out (like raspberries), some kinds of cheese
Foods you would think I could eat, but that hurt going down: every kind of bread, cereal, or pasta I’ve tried
I am so hungry! I dream of food, delicious food, every time I fall asleep, but nothing I dream about is anything I can eat right now. I’m not up to cooking, myself, but my wonderful husband is on hand to pamper me. All suggestions welcome. Suggestions it turns out I can use will get my undying gratitude and maybe an IOU for a firstborn child or two.