Hello my lovely friends
I haven't been able to sip any water for a week now. I'm two weeks post treatment. I've tried cold water, warm water, sparkling water but nothing can get past the pesky thick saliva, not even streaming is helping. Any suggestions? I'm shoving everything down the PEG but would be nice to drink something!
Hi Dee as long as you are getting water via your PEG, don't worry for now, things will improve, you are very early post treatment. Try just swooshing (if that's a word) water around you mouth then spit it out, it might refresh your mouth a bit. Things will get better with time. You could ask you GP for Difflam mouth wash, that works quite well. Any worries just ask, someone will always answer if they can.
I could drink either but I found that sipping a tiny but of frozen water helped. I used to freeze a small bottle of water and tried tiny sips throughout the day. I eventually switched to frozen diet coke as at some point water tasted horrible.
However please do not worry as you as you have water through your peg you will hydrated. Things will improve promise ! Baby steps, loads of patience and remember to be kind to yourself.
We are here for you.
Try Diet cola or ginger ale. If it's too bubbly just stir some of the fizz out
Base of tongue cancer. Out of radiotherapy January 2019
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Hi there’s no set time. We are all different I was orally drinking ensures weekv3 after treatment enough to get me through. By week 5 I had added poached eggs on well buttered toast. 4 months I managed a small tea plate of Christmas lunch loads of gravy. Took 15 month to put weight on I aimed for 2500 calories every day and 2-3 litres of water Treatment is brutal recovery is a marathon not a sprint is best advice. High calorie foods became the norm. Now I’m 5 years I can eat most things apart from spicy but that’s just me. Blogbelow might help.
thunk outside the box I had 6 smaller meals spread out to start with rather than 3 a day. Sweet potatoes easier than normal ones meat takes longer slow cooker was a great help slow cooked lamb perfect. Beef chicken pork took longer to be able to eat.
Hazel aka RadioactiveRaz
My blog is www.radioactiveraz.wordpress.com HPV 16+ tonsil cancer Now 5 years post treatment. 35 radiotherapy 2 chemo T2N2NM.Happily getting on with living always happy to help
As others have said, your PEG is your life saver and you will get all you nutrition, fluids and meds through that. But I totally understand the thick saliva/no swallowing nightmare. My hubby hated it!! He tried mouthwashes, ginger ale, fizzy water, sips of water, nebuliser - the lot - and although he felt in despair some days, he gradually, slowly, step by step got through it. Eventually the horrible thick, gooey saliva started to thin out and then he started to be able to swallow xx
He finished his 6 weeks radiotherapy on 19th July and is now managing to eat a range of foods, different textures, mostly soft!!! He still has 1 or 2 feeds a day in his PEG but life is starting to get back slowly to some sort of normal.
Keep going, it's early days and everyone is here for answers, support or just to let it all out too!!