15 March 2010
The good news is that Magic Mouthwash is a terrific cure for mouth and throat sores. The bad news is that the sores have moved into my digestive tract, making it very difficult to eat much of anything without having discomfort going down or severe heartburn afterwards. I would have never dreamed that eggs and snow peas could cause heartburn. In the end, Sunday’s diet consisted of three soft pears and an entire box of popsicles. Today I’ll try to figure out how to get more vegetables and protein into my body. Suggestions are welcome.
In addition, I continue to fight a fever. Fever is particularly concerning to any chemo medical team if it occurs at a time when the white blood count level is low. With a low count, the body's normal defenses against infections are very compromised, and fever apparently is cause for alarm. In my case, I’m to call UAMS if mine reaches 101. This weekend I hovered at 100.6 – another reason I’ve been told to stay home and have limited contact.
Mother’s are always great, especially my own Mother. She reminded me that flushing my body with lots of water can probably help – and it did. And last night she figured out a few recipes of soft vegetables that would allow me to also get this important food group into my body. So, this week will be an experiment in eating, figuring out what I can eat that is smooth and doesn’t cause pain. Although I take great pleasure in preparing and eating great foods, obviously my days are over for what has been my normal food lifestyle. Last night Tim cooked boiled two chickens, removed the meat, and then prepared a mirepoix for roasting the chicken bones. His final creation was the most beautiful chicken stock I’ve ever seen. That will be my lunch today.
I see a chemo cookbook in my future. I’m just thinking . . .
Posted by Stacy Sells at 8:54 AM