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Aug 11, 2011 04:24 PM

Out of the hospital and need easy to chew food?

After being in the hospital all week with a migraine that no one seemed to have an explanation for, I'm still recovering AKA avoiding light, sound, and chewing. No crunchy, chewy, tough, foods at all. The sound is murderous and chewing itself seems to be slightly painful.
If anyone had any ideas for something easy, not hard to chew, and on my college-student budget, I would be eternally thankful!
My dad suggested Malt-O-Meal and Cream of Wheat, but I'm kind of iffy on trying it, after hearing horror stories from my friends.

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  1. hillary, are you in an apartment? or are you eating dorm food? Can you or someone else cook? or does this need to be off-the-self food? You didn't give us a lot of information and, I think, you'll receive better answers when more information is forthcoming.

    Meanwhile, the obvious easy answer is milkshakes, scrambled eggs, applesauce and smoothies. Puddings and custards can be either sweet or savoury. Also, try buttery-cheesy polenta and listen to your dad.

    Some years ago, I had serious jaw surgery and my mouth was wired shut for about six weeks. I could only eat what came easily through a straw. Many good-hearted people thought things like cream of chicken soup and gazpacho would work but my "meals" needed to be quite thin. If your non-chewing requirement is this strict, you might look at the Mayo Clinic website for more ideas.

    1. Mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, tomato soup, any cream of ? soup. Sounds as though you need something pre-made as cooking would require light and making something and pureeing it would require sound. Could you have someone bring you any of these things? If so, all of the above could be brought as well as something like Popeye's red beans and rice. The cold of the ice cream products may cause pain. Tuna salad would be cheap and low chew factor if you had to make something at home-just don't use crunchy items such as onions or celery, just mayo, tuna and a seasoning such as lemon pepper if salt doesn't trigger the migraines.
      ETA: packaged yogurt, pudding or jello.

      1. As someone who suffers regularly from sound sensitivity, I very much sympathize. I also want to warn you. Avoiding all annoying sounds can be very detrimental to your recovery. Once your ears get used to the silence, going back into the noisy world only gets more and more difficult. It is extremely tempting to just place oneself as far away from the pain as possible, but in my experience, forcing myself to endure those normal every day noises is what keeps me sane and able to function. Eating a cracker, putting away the dishes (oh, for me that one is the worst). In fact, I felt my best the day after enjoying a rowdy, loud, drink and dance filled wedding!

        Anyway, best of luck to you. I really do hope that this goes away. Mine fluctuates and tends to be at its worst on the hottest most humid days, so this has not been a great Summer for me. However, since I decided to not just hide from sound, I have definitely gotten better. Again, good luck.

        1. cream of wheat is good..i have eaten that since i was a kid..
          i like it with a little milk..some butter and some sugar on top.....

          when i had my tonsils when i started eating mac and cheese....
          and my dad would make a helping of elbows and then mix it with cream of mushroom soup..
          still eat that sometimes on a cold day..

          1. as , a migraine sufferer, the thought of anything strong smelling (mac and cheese, red beans and rice, even eggs) is, for me, a problem--do you have a blender? a smoothie of kefir (or yougurt) mixed with oj and some frozen fruit (or even just a banana) can be good. oh, just thought of the sound of the blender....Carnation Instant Breakfast? just mix in milk. good luck!