Will it blend?


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!

I can now work through the blended meals in the freezer that we bought from Wiltshire Farm Foods and Oakhouse Foods before I had problems.

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..

Bolognese with potato and veg

Sticky toffee pudding and custard

My beautiful assistant blending bolognese and pasta:

Chicken Casserole


After blending

Very similar to Dexter’s food !

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.

Will it blend?
The title of this blog posting is an homage to the boys favourite YouTube channel, where a guy tries to blend different things.. e.g. mobile phones, bricks, glow sticks, marbles..

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.

Audrey’s in Business

Having a coffee

Over Christmas I got a chest infection along with many people. After the antibiotics were over I felt much better, energy had returned but the cough remained.  We saw the breathing physio at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford and she gave me some techniques to help make the most of my cough – this included training Julia to help by pushing on my chest at the right moment.

Julia wondered whether my swallow had deteriorated to a stage where small amounts of food or drink were getting into my lungs so on Monday we decided to try all food and drink via my PEG feeding tube – affectionately known as Audrey.  If this improved the cough then we would know.

We got in lots of Ensure – the dieticians said I would need 2 bottles 4 times a day plus 1 litre of fluid on top of that.

12 days supply of food

12 days supply of food


So breakfast now looks like this

Actually all meals look like that now – and I have to fit in 4 meals a day.

What have we learnt in the last 5 days of PEG feeding:

  1. Mealtimes are quite boring – you don’t realise the pleasure you get from tasting food.
  2. I used to have too many coffees a day – that has now stopped – though I do make a tepid coffee with caffeine for Audrey every so often to stop caffeine withdrawals.

    Having a coffee

    Having a coffee

  3. If you deliver the food down the tube too quickly two things happen – you burp and taste the Ensure and you get hiccups. With the first set of Ensure I was supplied with strawberry flavour which tastes horrible. For the next batch I asked for vanilla and cafe late favours; much better.
  4. If you put cold water down the tube then you get a funny feeling at the top of your chest – must be some sort of nerve thing going on as the water shouldn’t reach that high surely?
  5. The boys making toasted muffins late at night smells so tempting.
  6. So much social life revolves around food and drink – meals with friends, the odd coffee down the cafe or a pint. We will have to find alternatives.
  7. We are at Center Parcs at the moment, celebrating Julia’s 50th. Julia has said she will join me and has bought a load of Slim Fast shakes. I think she was feeling sorry for me.

    Saved a fortune not going to restaurants and cafes! Though when she wants to go for walks on her own – I suspect she’s popping into Bella Pasta for some real food.
  8. Julia says Bob Fleming (from the Fast Show) has moved in especially mornings and evenings. (Want to know who Bob Fleming is? Click the picture below)
Bob Fleming - Cough syrup

Bob Fleming – Cough syrup

If you’re into praying, please pray that my chest would remain clear and my cough would be effective.

I’m still feeling pretty positive – the chest infection was a bit of a downer but now that’s gone it’s back to normal – and we’re having a few laughs as always…