My biggest hurdle with chemotherapy was eating. Over the course of 6 cycles, I lost 30 lbs. I had no appetite and most food tasted horrible, even water. When I found something I could eat I stocked up on it because I knew I had to force down anything i could to stay healthy. For me, that was creamed based soup such as chowders, bisques, and squash/pumpkin soup. Crackers and toast at times also tasted ok. Normally I am a coffee/chocolate lover. Both these made me sick. I found, especially as chemotherapy progressed, it became more difficult to eat. I could not prepare food or be around when my family was eating as the smell of it upset my stomach. If your mom can find just anything that she can "stomach" then that will help her. Just understand it is common and allow your mom time to experiment with foods that she get down.3
WHEN I WENT THRU CHEMO, NOTHING SMELT GOOD OR TASTED GOOD. I TOLD MY DR. AND HE PRESCIBED ME ,I WISH I REMEBER THE NAME, BUT IT WAS A MILKY WHITE LIQUID, YES IT HAD A STEIROD IN IT ,BUT I GAINED 30LBS........... THE THING THAT GOT ME THRU WAS ROAST BEEF FROM THE DELI AT YOUR STORE!!!!! MY DR. SAID TO EAT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING AND WORRY ABOUT YOUR FIGURE LATER..... GOOD LUCK MY SISTER ...........2
I had talked to my momma about possibly getting the protein milkshakes, she had tried ensure but she said that she couldnt drink it. She has lupus as well, I think the combining things are effecting her. She was a healthy 120lb woman and after she had her breast removed a yr ago shes been losing weight and cannot keep the weight on at all. She just told me that she's 90lbs and has been that for a little while now. When she does eat it's about the size of a egg. Then she just doesn't want to eat anymore and she will only eat once a day. Twice if we are really lucky. It's almost to the point of suggesting to her significant other ways of "tricking" her so he will at least get some kind of food in her. I know it's wrong to trick her as if your tricking a toddler to eat their veggies but she is a walking skeleton. Does chemo therapy become easier on the body over time?
Eating was very hard for me too! Ironically due to the steroids I was given each week, I gained 30 lbs during the 6 months of chemo. I found that I was ok with liquids, so did those fortified drinks, like ensure, to get protein. Alas, I ended up with anemia and was hospitalized for it--- should have taken more iron, but even that might not have helped the anemia my onc said.
Ask if smells bother her too. Certain smells were awful and strong to me after chemo. Smell is so related to taste and eating.
Also, chemo jade me so tired, that eating was WORK. So, if you can time it when rested, it is eadier thn after a dr visit or shower or some other form of "work"
Load drinks with calories to help...milkshakes or if she normally drinks a low fat milk, have her switch to higher fat so she doesn't lost too much weight . Sometimes I couldn't eat, but liquids were great. I craved milk, but don't normally. Try to get her bland foods. My go to snack on the days I was most sick were
Stoned wheat thins with a little cream cheese. I didn't eat much else on those days. Vanilla yogurt was also good---I preferred Greek
Chemo is a tough thing to go through. My husband went through it. I made him several milk shakes and gave him what seemed to be appealing to him. Ensure is packed with calories and protein. Her appetite is pour now because of the impact Chemo has on her. Also give her B - 12 which helps boost her appetite. I wish you both well. God be with her
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