A Truly Tasteless Tale

One of the most annoying side effects of my chemo was how it affected my sense of taste – I don’t mean my taste in clothes or music, I mean my actual ability to taste food and beverages (although my taste in books, movies and art did change, but that’s for another post).  Things would either taste horrible, with a strange metallic tinge to them, or I couldn’t taste anything altogether. There was a small window of time in between my treatments when I could taste things almost normally again, but usually just for a few days.  Then, toward the end of my treatments, my immune system was so shot, that I kept catching colds and couldn’t taste anything even during my small window of opportunity.  The worst was when my family and I went to Key Largo for a little weekend get- away.  I had no taste buds and a cold on top of it.  We went to a little hotel that was right on a sandy little beach to relax and get away from all the craziness for a few days.  It was so nice being there, watching the girls have fun in the water and looking for shells in the sand, not a care in the world.  I couldn’t taste anything the entire trip.  We went to some awesome (or so I’m told) restaurants, and sat on the beach at night with a bottle of wine, watching the sunset and playing Uno with the girls.  I could only imagine that what I was eating and drinking tasted fantastic.  At least it didn’t taste weird or terrible – it just didn’t have any taste at all.  Plus, what could be better than being with the ones you love, in a place that you love? It was a wonderful trip despite the not so wonderful circumstances.

This summer, we’re going back to the Keys and I plan on re-visiting some of those restaurants for a taste of what I missed.  I’ll savor every bite, watch my girls play in the sand, and have a glass of wine while watching the sunset – and this time, my taste buds will be ready.

* For more info on taste changes due to chemotherapy, you can visit: http://chemocare.com/chemotherapy/side-effects/taste-changes.aspx

 

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