Wednesday 12th December 2018

My Last Meal Was. #LifeThisWeek 11/52. 2018.23.

My Last Meal Was. #LifeThisWeek 11/52. 2018.23.

When I made this prompt up initially it was “My Last Meal” but that conjured up those of prisoners who are about to be executed (yikes) get to choose their last meal. I have wondered, as you do, how on earth ANYONE could actually EAT before they were led off…anyway, I need to lighten up…and here we go.

It’s hard for me to write about a meal in actual fact . I can have meals of course and I have written about what it’s been like to eat after cancer surgery here and tomorrow is the part two of that series.

It’s really been more than a year since I have been able to chew or crunch with success. My upper front gums were very sore and inflamed before we knew it was cancer. See here if you are new and missed that post back in May 2017. So even before Christmas 2016 I was seeking food that was softer.

Onto the now.

I cannot cite my ‘last meal’ because I am writing this pre-Monday. Every day for many months I have had two weetbix and milk for breakfast. Before I discovered I actually did not mind weetbix I was struggling to get something resembling toast down. I no longer try that. I can’t. Yet.

But here are some main/lunch meals I eat now with 8 front lower gum teeth and my strong tongue!

Each of the above requires a lot of time (I used to be a 10 mins and it’s eaten girl) and concentration so I do not overfill my mouth and can swallow with ease.

I always have water near me to help the food go down and for me, a long-time talker at meals, I try not to chat and to get my food down safely. I have been fine to date! I have had to use my ingenuity in this LONG (over 8 months now) post-surgery journey as I miss variety, textures and tastes.

Each of these was borne of my need to have all of those within my limitations.

I am quite proud of these. But will be glad in a few months when chewing and crunching may return!

Here’s two meals I had in the past that I will be looking forward to have again. Simple but nutritious and very comforting!

Now I realised “this” is not a meal. But oh my gosh it is both comforting and delicious and I do not have F.O.M.O. when I treat myself to this!

As I cannot bite into a donut, I break off tiny pieces from the BEST BIT, the edges and place them in my mouth. I leave the middle ….I never liked that much anyway.

I wonder what your last meal was….I must say I have stopped being envious of people who get to eat what I cannot yet as it was not helpful to me or to them.

Eating food we like is such an enjoyable event I would never want to put someone off theirs!

Here’s to eating well!

Denyse.

Joining with Alicia for Open Slather here…and let me say, some of her food pics are wonderful and almost everything is home-grown!

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Comments

  1. Glad you have found work arounds and managed to squeeze some of the good stuff in there – a treat is a treat no matter how you have to manage it.

    • Thanks Lydia, I guess learning to listen to my body more is helping me too. I find I “have” to get some protein into me one way or another. Denyse x

  2. Hi Denyse it is amazing what we take for granted isn’t it? Even chewing or eating a simple meal has become so different for you. What is the first thing you are going to eat where you have to bite and crunch? Have a wonderful week and thanks for continuing to share your journey with us. xx

    • Yes it is something like that for sure. I haven’t let myself go too far down the track of what ‘my first foods’ might be yet. I think it is going to take quite some time to get used to even having teeth at the top again. My prosthodontist tells me ‘it all has to be done very carefully to get it right’ and I sense his multiple visits of at least another 4-5 after this week’s will help me get an idea.

      If there is a simple crunch and chew food to go first it is likely to be toast with butter and marmalade.

      Denyse x

  3. I’m glad you have worked out some good things to eat! Mangoes are my all time favourite fruit. And avocado and smoked salmon are other favourites of mine.

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

    • Oh yes when summer came and I realised mangoes were super slippery and delish, I always had one or two in the fridge. The smoked salmon & avo are also such foods and I never felt ‘as deprived’ of foods having these. It’s a shame the avocados are a little bit different in type but I continue to shop for them.

      Denyse x

  4. I had a bento box yesterday and it was amazing! Donuts look great!

  5. I feel a bit guilty writing a post about how unwell I’ve been feeling for the last couple of months when you’ve been through so much Denyse – but I guess being less than robust still sucks regardless.

    My last meal is sitting next to me as a I type – porridge and a cup of coffee for breakfast before heading off to work – hopefully I won’t fall asleep on my keyboard at lunchtime!

    • Yes it does matter to you. You are going through something that sounds pretty ‘sucky’ and I know I would be getting fed up too. One thing I have always tried to remember (and I am repeating it for your benefit too) is that no one person should compare their illness/recovery/progress to another.

      So please do not be concerned about my health. Continue to make progress with your own recovery as frustrating as it can be.

      I am surprised you are still working while you are not 100% but I can see that you too are pretty determined!

      Denyse x

  6. My last meal was my workday breakfast – cheese and vegemite toast on multigrain bread. Boring but easy to transport and eat at work.

    • Right now I would take that boring meal!! I think crunchy toast with something on it is likely to be my first meal when I get teeth!

      Denyse x

  7. I am about to eat leftover potato bake for lunch.

    • Yum. I used to make potato bake and you have reminded me I probably could it that if the potatoes are soft enough.

      Denyse x

  8. This is making me hungry! I last had some Hot Cross Buns.Yum!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • I did buy some hot cross buns in the hope I could have tiny pieced. But it wasn’t to be. So, my Dad got the rest of them today when I went to Sydney.

      Sorry about the hungry pangs caused by the post!

      Denyse x

  9. Thank you for sharing how food and meal preparation has changed for you, Denyse.

    Hoping that the time will come soon for you to return to those meals that you’ve been missing right now.

    SSG xxx

    • Thank you SSG.

      I figure it can be helpful for people to know what some of the practical issues are when you need to feed yourself differently.

      Tomorrow’s post for IBOT, the later in the week for Lovin Life Linky is my Part Two About Eating After Cancer Surgery.

      Things that change in humans after some surgeries came home to me in a different way today. I got my feet measured at a speciality footwear store for those of us with sore feet etc…and my right foot (where the fibula was taken) has gone down 1/2 a size. I was pretty sure I could notice a difference.

      Have a great week!
      Denyse x

  10. It must have been so tough to have to give up some meals that you used to love and I’m impressed by how you have had to adapt. Hope you can soon have some yummy lamb cutlets!

    Also, ‘the last meal’ prompt did conjure up certain images in my mind! 😛

    • Thank you. The longer the eating restrictions continue the less I am ‘complaining’ as I accept it more as it being temporary. Others having head and neck surgery sometimes never get to ‘eat as they used to again.’ So yes, we humans CAN adapt …as you know.

      Sorry about that ‘last meal thing!’

      Denyse x

  11. Giving up some foods you love can be hard. I’m having to change my diet recently because of some health issues and it’s a struggle!!! My last meal… lasagne! Definitely a favourite in our house!

    • Ah that’s no good Kerrie. It’s hard being restricted even when we know it’s for our health. I guess it’s a matter of re-training our brain and tummy! Hope you are going well.
      Denyse x