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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-06-10 16:39
Subject: [cancer|food] What I miss the most
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Tags:cancer, food, health, personal
This is medically trivial, and the light of my complete absence of nausea and vomiting, probably a blessing in aome sense, but one of the things I miss the most through the chemotherapy process is the simple ability to enjoy my food.

Lately I've been having olfactory hallucinations, for want of a better term. Or very strong flashes of memory perhaps. I'll suddenly taste crispy bacon and eggs over medium. Or kung pao chicken sharp on my tongue. Or enchiladas Suiza, rolling in cheese, white sauce and salsa verde. I know if I sought them out right now, they wouldn't taste anything like I wish for them to. Too many things burn my mouth (cinnamon, nuts, peppers) and everything else tastes as if it were coated in plastic, if I can taste it at all.

But god I miss food. Such a minor thing to be upset about, in the larger scheme of health and recovery, but there you have it.

Hell, I'd just like buttered toast to taste right.

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Eva Whitley
User: wouldyoueva
Date: 2010-06-10 23:53 (UTC)
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Gilda Radner had the same observation in her book. (If memory serves she said everything tasted like refrigerator magnets.) We're hard-wired to like the taste of food, so I don't think it's trivial.
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User: brownkitty
Date: 2010-06-11 00:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Relatively minor, maybe, but not minor in and of itself.
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2010-06-11 02:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's like forgetting the plot of a book so it's new again.

Gustatory, right? Although smell play an important part.
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User: deza
Date: 2010-06-11 02:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I get a metallic taste. There are very few foods that are even close to acceptable - I tend to live on pomegrantes when I can get them. The hardest loss has been chai lattes. They taste like drinking warm blood. Yuck.

Do you have any idea how much I envy you in this? You're almost done. I'd love to be able to say that.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2010-06-11 03:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
[looks forward to some drool-inducing posts when Jay gets his sense of taste back]
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
User: matociquala
Date: 2010-06-11 04:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ugh. I hear you.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-06-11 04:26 (UTC)
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I think that, when this is all over, it will be time for a trip to the 30-foot cheese counter at Big John's. I'll cover the bill, just to see you enjoy cheese again.

And because, well, you know.
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