Today is Day 11 of Dad’s recovery from that weapon of mass destruction, radiation therapy. Dr. Chronowski warned that while he had weathered the prescribed fifteen treatments remarkably well (weight loss of only two pounds!), no one makes it through the following weeks unscathed. Dad professes, affirms, and agrees that he is not an exception to the rule, and his esophagus is, indeed, thoroughly scathed.
Two super-duper medications, one specially compounded to numb his esophagus and another to provide general pain relief, are required every four hours to enable Dad to ingest some nourishment. Both medicines, of course, are in liquid form.
Following is the list of foods that qualify for glissading down his radiated esophagus. Drum roll please . . .
Dad’s Top 10 (actually, his only 10)
4. YoBaby Drinkable Yogurt
5. Carnation Instant Breakfast
6. Jell-O Pudding
7. Glug-in-a-Mug (drinkable oatmeal)
8. Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (melted)
9. Milk Toast (non-toasted, for now)
10. Pioneer Biscuit Gravy
Dad thought of giving the gravy a try yesterday. One cup of gravy equals 200 calories, slides down the throat uncomplainingly, and sets well on the stomach. No stress to the esophagus and a contented stomach. Who would have thought?
Yep, Dad is wild about gravy!