Good news! – On Thursday my Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) tried me out on thickened fluids again. She said my swallow may have temporarily got weak if I had a chest infection but when I bounce back it is good to keep eating and drinking whatever I can or the muscles will waste away.
I started with thickened squash and had red soup for lunch (tomato soup – a bit of a lunchtime tradition in our house).
So Audrey’s gone part time!
It was sooo nice to get back or real food!
On Friday morning I realised the cough had gone too! Whether swallowing food has cleared something I don’t know but I’m happy!
So I’m now eating real food and drinking again and topping up with feeds down the PEG, so there’s no pressure to have to eat, but to be honest I prefer it; all those flavours..
Apparently the internet is all about sharing meals you’ve had recently, so here are some of mine..
Frozen blended food warmed up in the microwave..
My beautiful assistant blending bolognese and pasta:
Oh.. and hula hoops..
For some reason, although they are not strictly blended or soft food they go down well, and I was craving them. I did my own test soon after I was told I could eat again. What was that thing I learned at work? “It’s easier to seek forgiveness than it is to get permission.” (Quote from Grace Hopper)
The dietitian came round yesterday and said I had to eat “naughty foods”; full fat milk, high fat puddings, have sugar on everything – basically get the calories in. I get the feeling she loves her job. You spend your whole life being careful about what you eat, watching your weight and then some healthcare professional tells you to throw all that thinking out the window and enjoy eating again!
She gave some really good ideas of what will blend well, things to avoid and ideas for meals so I can just blend what the family are eating. It’s much less hassle.
So life is looking good at the moment… the cough has gone and I have loved getting back into eating and all those lovely flavours. Social stuff is easier. I can drink latte and on Saturday I’m going round to a friend’s for a Burns night; they have a blender lined up for me!
Thanks for all your encouraging messages and prayers.