We made it to the family dinner. It was a good outing to see family and share a meal. It was physically a push as his leg remains quite painful but it was well worth it. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see everyone but that is the reality of families today – we tend to spread out geographically and only on rare occasions is everyone there.
We had a lovely meal that included turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, scalloped potatoes, kale, brussel sprouts, green beans (they got left in the microwave), dressing, and on and on. A variety of desserts and nibblies too. It was a veritable feast! However, for my hubby it was just a lot of food in one place. His taste buds continue to take the joy out of a good meal. It was quite evident the food wasn’t doing it for him – he had a little bit of this and a little bit of that and didn’t eat it all – and this is a guy who really does love food. Afterwards he said that only two foods were enjoyable for him – the sweet potatoes and the pumpkin pie – such a shame because it all was quite tasty!
We will continue to try and find something that appeals to his taste buds. The desire to enjoy food is there, it is just a different reality when he gets around to eating it. Some smells will put him right off as well. This is normal for most people, there are things we like to smell and others not so much. But with my husband it can be just about anything – frying bacon – one day it smells great, the next day I am opening all the windows; the turkey roasting – normally a really enticing smell, but not this time – too much smell for too long. I know that this disconnect between his taste buds and his brain will pass and he knows it too. Knowing it doesn’t make it any better. Neither does telling him that it is all part of the process – he is well aware of that too.