Wednesday, November 02, 2005

back home +3

I have been back home since Sunday afternoon. Overall, all is well. After my first day of the DICE in the hospital, I soon began to feel myself becoming more fatigued. It's clear to me that I am not the same as I was prior to beginning the regimen. My energy just isn't there like before. In addition to a depletion in my energy, I don't feel as sharp mentally. In fact, I know that my cognizance has suffered (I assume due to the chemo), because I'm not as alert or focused and it takes more much energy to do so.

I awoke to an awful pounding headache and back pain on Tuesday morning. The nurse told me that it was most likely due to the side effects of the Neulasta injection, which I had received the day before. After taking 2 Tylenol capsules, I felt better and the back pain subsided.

Since coming home, I have been busy testing different foods hoping to find ones that taste particularly well. My taste buds are shot. They're out of wack and so now, I'm experimenting to see what seems enjoyable. Broccoli and green salad have passed the test. Balsamic vinegar on the salad helps especially well, because of its bold tart flavor. I have been eating Blue Fish a lot recently and it too tastes quite well. It's a strong, oily fish so its richness helps a lot. Orange juice is another great option. Pasta with a well-seasoned tomato sauce is okay too. I tried Root Beer yesterday, but it didn't do the trick for me. Neither did ice cream. Tasting foods will be a work in progress.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

try any citrus foods. you will probably be able to taste indian foods too! you can even get the sauces at supermarkets these days.
so sorry you can't taste too well.

9:00 PM  
Comment Blogger Duane said...

Thanks, Barb. Indian food is a great choice. A curry would do well, I think. I'll look for those sauces in the store. Thanks again.

9:21 PM  
Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there... Sorry I'm just getting to drop a note. Jimmie and I were out of town and I started a painting project in the house which kept me off-line. Anyway, happy to hear the news from your doc... As for food, not to fret, we'll look at this as a fun adventure... sampling food has always been one of MY favorite things to Garlic usually wakes up the taste buds (try Spanish and Italian foods), then another favorite for me are Asian foods using Wasabi or "Chinese Mustard" aka dry mustard to give it some zing. Just be careful not to use too stuff!
Love you much,

11:29 AM  

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