Mmm…cake!

Although slightly better, I still spent the day in bed. I cannot seem to escape this dang headache though thankfully the new medicine keeps it at bay for a few hours. As soon as it wears off though, it creep back in. Ugh. It seriously sucks. 

I went to bed feeling pretty good LAST night but woke up every 4 hours, presumably when the medicine wore off, in tears and unable to sleep until the medicine kicked in. There’s been a lot of prayers for relief and thankfully God has been answering them with quick relief of the medicine kicking in.  This morning was rough but the medicine allowed me to make it through my draining without issue – another 600 ml there.

My husband made me chicken noodle soup – Ms Gras – which I can’t give up. Every time I have a cold or don’t feel well, that is my go-to soup. I know, I know, it’s probably horrible for me and filled with sodium. It’s what my momma always gave us and I just love that golden nugget. 😉 Of course he knows that I like to cut the water in half-ish and eat with some saltines. It felt so so good to eat a meal again and I chowed down. Yummy!!

Unfortunately, my stomach wasn’t happy that I ate as much as I did and it came back up. Sigh. Well I tried, right? Back to bed to sleep that away.

I do have an appetite today though so I had Joe grab some bread and jam in the hopes of adding that to my repertoire of crackers and bananas. I have also been seeing commercial after commercial for this particular cake at the local grocery store and I couldn’t get that out of my head. One of my coworkers introduced me to the Chantilly Cake at Publix during a potluck a few years ago and my goodness, is it worth every calorie-ridden delicious bite!!

So for dinner tonight, that is what I enjoyed! And ohhh, was it magnificent. I only ate a little because I don’t want to upset my tummy and so far it’s settling in nicely. And frankly, with the way my appetite has been lately, I’m just glad to keep something down.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week and has great plans for the weekend. Though I’ve spent the week in bed, I hope to regain some sense of normalcy, energy and no flipping headache pain this weekend. I also plan to ship out the Meghan’s Cross orders – yay!!!

Thank you kindly to everyone who has checked in on me and prayed for me this week. And to those that I owe a response to, I appreciate your patience and I’ll get to it as soon as I can. 💚

Keep spreading the love, my dear friends. Much love to all of you! 😘

Time to eat!

I love food. I always have. Growing up with a father who is a chef allowed me the opportunity to try lots of delicious recipes and unique foods – like the time my parents made homemade calamari and told me it was chicken. Good thing I fell in love with it!

One of the challenges with treatment is the metallic taste. The nausea is mostly controlled with medication but food aversions paired with a metallic taste makes it hard to eat. I still have my typical appetite and I usually eat the same things on the days after treatment – eggs, cereal, bacon, chocolate, bananas. Lemon heads also help but you can only eat so many before your tongue can’t handle anymore.

Water is relatively gross because of this so I drink a good bit of apple juice and ginger ale, which also helps to ease my stomach and give me some calories too. It’s also the reason that I avoid coffee for a few days, I can’t handle the bitter–metallic taste combination.

Another interesting side effect is pain when swallowing. I’m not entirely sure whether the cause of this is from mouth sores, which I have been lucky to have very few of, or a result of residual heartburn from the chemo. Either way, when I do eat after treatment it is a slow process due to the uncomfortable feeling I have when swallowing. Soft foods are helpful with this.

So I spend my “down” days daydreaming about the meals I will eat once I no longer taste metal. (This is normal, right? Anyone else daydream about food?) My husband’s grilled chicken wings, a juicy burger, a large Greek salad, Asian turkey meatballs and hibachi are all of the food’s that I have been drooling over this past week.

And guess what, folks? The metallic taste is mostly gone from last treatment so it’s time to eat! Just in time for the weekend, too. YAY!  Might even be time to enjoy a glass of wine…cheers to the weekend, friends!

What food do you dream about, that you just can’t get enough of?