It’s Day 23 of Dad’s radiation recovery, and he’s still feeling a good deal of the “radiation blues.” Biscuit gravy and water are still the only things that he can swallow without his throat first being coated with the numbing medication. However, his throat has improved so that it tolerates cream soups, soft-cooked eggs, canned baby food fruits, yogurt, and, his favorite, Malt-O-Meal.
Eating continues to be a matter of the will. The “swish and swallow” medication negates the esophageal pain, and much of the pleasure of eating, since it also impairs taste buds. But there are signs that the “radiation blues” are diminishing. The overwhelming fatigue which has been a constant companion occasionally loosens its grip for a few hours at a time. And then, he did drink a cup of coffee this morning for the first time in weeks, and . . . this evening he remarked that he was craving a piece of fudge.
Time to make a batch of fudge! Hannah needs a fudge-making lesson anyway.:)