Yeah, that's not really happening. There are certain rules... well, no, not really rules...guidelines...for things to avoid. I think I've mentioned a few ...sushi, mushrooms, raspberries, anything that maybe is difficult to wash. To be honest, I 'm not real sure. It's all about avoiding any kind of bacterial infection and of course not upsetting my stomach, which is already battling well, ah, chemo and all. So far one of the hardest things is actually remembering that I'm sick. And that I need to think about what I eat or do. Yeah, I'm not good at that. I eat like a teenage boy. Always have. Which is to say, I eat a lot and I pay no attention to "health." (Yeah, yeah, go ahead and tell yourself I got cancer because of my eating habits and so it won't happen to you. What. Ever. Science is not on your side on that. Um, or mine.) But now, I'm trying to pay attention. Trying to not eat anything that might cause problems. Only I'm hungry all the time! I can't eat as much in one sitting as I could before (this, I'm sure, is a really good thing) but I need to nibble or snack every hour or so. Despite this, I've lost 4 pounds in 5 days. Really hoping that keeps up!
So here's how my care and feeding plan went today: Breakfast was a piece of wheat toast with peanut butter (which took two tries, I made it and then left the room momentarily and of course, Seamus stole the first one). Lunch was In 'n Out--cheeseburger, fries and an iced tea. The fries tasted funny to me (the metallic taste in my mouth thing), but otherwise, mmmmm. I did manage a couple of carrot sticks as a snack (because right, you need a snack when you've had In 'n Out for lunch!!), but then dinner was....Omakase!! Tonight they switched to the Spring menu so they had a special tasting and wine pairing. Not to be missed. But I had to carefully consider the menu whereas normally I would have just said "whatever the chef is making" (yeah, he's that good). I thought I was being really good--garden salad (that's it in the picture up top), potato gnocchi and belly of Vande Rose Pork and I limited myself to one beautiful glass of wine. But the food was so dang good I kept stealing from Chris's plate...and glass. Which meant I also "tasted" Fuet de Vic and Roast marrow of Brandt Beef. I did stop at Sweetbreads of Milk-fed veal (Chris didn't stop). I don't know if this means I'm doing chemo all wrong or all right. I suppose time will tell. But right now, tonight, I feel really good. It's nice to still be going out, still have energy (yeah, I did have to take a nap between work and dinner), and to be able to enjoy a really, really good meal (two actually--come on, In 'n Out is really good too!).