Oops! UH-OH !
Aug. 25, 2010 11:37 am
Updated: Sep. 2, 2010 12:49 am
In my last blog, I said I didn’t have any special diet. As things have come about, I would not have said that if I had read one very important chapter in the book the cancer center gave me. I did a big oops/uh-oh! I do have a special diet! A very restrictive
diet! Because the radiation can damage my teeth and gums, diet and extensive care to protect the teeth is very important. Here’s what has to happen.
Avoid high acid foods.(Citrus, tomatoes, vinegar etc)
Avoid all sugary foods.
No high temperature foods.
No spicy (hot) foods.
No alcohol- including mouthwash containing alcohol.
No foods that can scrape or scratch the mouth such as; chips, Cheetos, crackers etc.
Tobacco and most alcohol are no longer a part of my life but, to lose my acids, sweets, spicy and Cheetos ???........aaargghhh! (Maybe, my wife will make some sugar free, soft/moist cookies and tone down my whining.)
Excellent oral hygiene augmented with saliva producers and fluoride is mandatory.
Rinse mouth every 1-2 hours with a solution of warm water, salt and baking soda.
Daily inspection of the mouth to find raw areas or white spots.
All maladies and/or pain to be reported to the doctor or nurse.
Jaw must be opened to maximum and closed twenty times three times a day. Because I have partial paralysis of the left side of my face, I have to remember to pull my lower lip back before I close my jaw or I’ll bite it!
To keep the mouth moist, water should be kept available and sipped all day long and chew sugarless gum.
This radiation is required because I had cancer in the large salivary gland (Left Parotid Gland). To kill the cancer, the gland was surgically removed and radiation scheduled. Losing that gland requires that I replace the saliva with pharmaceuticals or keep
the remaining glands stimulated enough to compensate for the lost gland for the duration of the treatments and a few weeks afterwards.. Saliva is very important for strong teeth and oral health.(And to think I used to try hitting ants as I spit! What a waste
of dental hygiene!)
How did I miss such an important chapter in the book? I ain’t-a-gonna-tell!