Our expert says:
Thank you for your kind words. I am well, just sorry to hear that your hubby is in a lot of pain and discomfort. Do you have a liquidiser? If not, do consider purchasing one. A liquidiser is ideal to process cooked bland foods like plain cooked mince/chicken or fish and mashed potato, cooked bland vegetables (butternut, carrots) and to add a bit of milk to the mix to make it easy to swallow. Other foods like ice cream, jelly, custard, yoghurt, smoothies made with full-cream milk and honey and even a banana (if he can swallow the latter) can all be used. You can also liquidise soups or prepare clear soups with diluted stock cubes. Porridges mixed with full-cream milk and honey are also easy to swallow. This is a time when your hubby does not need variety in his diet, but should only eat foods that he can swallow without pain or discomfort. Once he has healed he can revert to eating 'normal' foods. You can also consider purchasing liquid meal supplements - companies like Nestle and Fresenius Kabi make such supplements that you can buy at the chemist. Discuss this with the pharmacist explaining your hubby’s condition and select a high-energy or a fibre-enriched liquid food supplement depending on your hubby's needs. He can have the liquid meals instead of standard meals or in addition to them, depending on his present weight. If he is very thin and emaciated due to the op, then having 1 or 2 liquid meals in addition to his other liquidised foods will help him recover faster.
I hope he soon feels 100% better
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