Taste buds changing

Good Goulash. Oh, how my taste buds are changing.


Yesterday evening, while watching Location, Location, Location with Zsolt and dreaming of our own prospective-possible-future house buying options, I opened a bag of crisps (potatoes chips, but since I’m in England, let’s go with crisps). Tyrrells’ chips are certainly tasty, and their Cider Vinegar and Sea Salt has a sharpness that I love in a good salt and vinegar crisp/chip.

Anyhow, happy and enjoying the show – we dig in. Stacy and Phil are selling a couple on a house that is priced £50,000 over their max budget, and I’m curious whether they can secure a deal. But that’s not the only interesting thing. Once my hunger subsides and I actually start enjoying my snack, I realize I’m not fully enjoying it. There’s no freaking taste! Zsolt is all ‘vinegar lips’ with the sour face, and I can hardly sense the salt. Honestly, it was like eating a plain baked potatoe – hold all dressing.

This isn’t the first time my taste buds took a vacation. Last chemo cycle I had an unfortunate incidence with some scones, which led to a break out of mouth sores, followed by an extremely bland meal of homemade sushi (couldn’t taste the side sauces), however during that last occurrence the taste came back.

Here is the question: will my taste return? Here is another question: will bread ever be delicious again? Right now, without the taste, it’s really quite dull.

But I guess all food is dull without flavour. Fortunately I can still taste goulash. It may be that my diet will be amended to all things Hungarian (peppers, sausage, kolbasz, sour cream and Eros Pista) and no things tasteless.

Anyhow, thank goodness for paprika.

This round of chemo has been different. It may be related to the Zolodex and menopausal symptoms, but oh-my-word it’s been emotional. How do people cope? It’s no fun to be sad; the mental barriers grow exponentially.

Thankfully I have support. Mom and Zsolt have been so good to me – Zsolt dances and encourages me to relax, Mom monitors my routine (which frankly is so easy to neglect when feeling weak, so without her I’d be nowhere near doing/taking everything to help recovery). Also, a nod to my Dad who has been a great help with this car insurance annoyance. Because of their help my mood has lifted over the past two days, and it feels good to feel good.

But this is all from something I realized during my last post. While biking up that mountain I was too embarrassed to ask for help. Yes, yes, there was triumph in biking up – but wow, getting a ride would have been nice.  After writing that blog I asked my mother to check on me more often, because I was slipping. She has been helping since – the support has been such a boost.

From taste buds to energy to emotions to treatment – this ride is long from over. For the time being, ‘help’ is the most important word in my vocabulary.  Thank goodness for the people who surround me. Gold stars for them all. 😉

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2 thoughts on “Taste buds changing

  1. Hi Catherine,

    Guess what? Having the ability to ask for help is a wonderful thing.

    Thinking that you have to do it on your own is an isolating experience. Plus, it’s a lot harder physically, mentally and emotionally. Yup, it took me a very long time to figure that one out. It was one of Marcelle’s articles that made me realize that I had a hard time asking for help, when in fact, subconsciously help and support was what I needed.

    So go ahead, ask for help from those you know who will provide it unconditionally and with love. Those of us who are good at what we do and who want to help others experience joy at being able to help out. You have a great team supporting you.

    Your Pyramid Mountain story reminds me how last year in Jasper, a 22-year old Swiss hiker wanted to see the Five Lakes but didn’t have a car to get there. I wanted to hike the Five Lakes but didn’t want to do it on my own, so we got together and hiked the Five Lakes. I then took him down to Horseshoe Lake where we took lots of photos. Two strangers who helped each other appreciate the beauty of Jasper National Park just by asking. Pretty cool eh?

    In my mind, your bicycle ride down Pyramid Mountain will be a good one… hair flying, legs outstretched, and a big grin on your face 🙂

    Thinking of you.

  2. dear Catherine,

    it is necesary to have helping people around us. It takes a lot of determination to pass through these treatment. Remember your having a lot of determination and asking help is a good sign.

    Roland and I are working on translation but we always have good thinking for you both.

    Say hello to Zsolt.

    Andrée XX

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