And another thing – I want my taste buds back!
It’s over a week now since chemo 3 and my taste buds have been abducted by aliens, or replaced with alien taste buds or something.
How I long for a refreshing drink of water. In fact, it is really important that I drink a lot of water to keep flushing the chemo through my system. I have to drink a minimum of 2 litres a day, which should be no problem. But since the alien interference with my taste buds my whole taste system has been totally sabotaged. Water tastes foul – a bit as if it has gone stale or been lying stagnating. It also has – now how clever is this – a different texture!? And it leaves an aftertaste and nausea which gets progressively worse instead of better.
I discovered a neat little trick in Yangon to address this. Squeezing a little lime into the water tricked those taste buds and made the water vaguely palatable. Now that chemo 3 is over though, or perhaps because Bangkok limes have a different chemical composition, it no longer works. I can see the lime, I can sense there is a slightly different taste, but it sure isn’t lime or lemon flavoured. And it still tastes foul!!
If this is the trouble I am having, just with a drink of water, let’s factor in all the other tastes which have been skewed. Then add cooking smells to that, to ensure maximum yucky feeling and lack of appetite. It’s also great for making me turn up my nose at the very dish I had specially requested. Next subtract all the foods I am not allowed or should avoid (anything tasty) and you can imagine the challenge for J who is trying all sorts of tricks and ideas to make food tempting for me.
So here’s a heartfelt a plea for my missing or alien taste buds to be restored – pleeeeeeeeeeeeease……………..