no chewing

United States
September 21, 2008 1:37pm CST
My jaw is dislocated, due to an old injury that's decided to pop its ugly head up again. I can't put my teeth together, so I can't chew. My blender is being over-worked, and I'm really getting sick of yogurt. Can anyone suggest good things that don't need to be chewed until the surgery is done and healed? Last time, I gained a lot of weight because the doctor kept telling me to drink Ensure or Boost. Yuchhh.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
22 Sep 08
It sounds like you have gotten some good suggestions. I don't know that I can offer much better choices but I will try. Jell-o, pudding, applesauce, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, soup, and milk shakes are probably the easiest, but I can imagine those would get boring pretty quickly. How about some mashed banana, spaghetti-o's, sipping some broth, cooked carrots mashed up,
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• United States
22 Sep 08
Thanks, Lilybug. I wonder if I can just stick almost any vegnto the blender or juicer, and come out well?
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I think that you can probably get away with cooking up and mashing up or blending or juicing most vegetables and some fruit you can do raw. You could do sort of a homemade V8 juice too if you like stuff like that.
• United States
23 Sep 08
Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup is good to sip on. How about split pea soup? Puddings are good too. Watkins also makes great chicken & beef broths that you can sip on. A little higher in salt but great tasting. You should try to use one of those things that your doctor ordered at least once a day because of the vitamins & minerals that they contain to keep your immune system up while you are down. I hope you are eating well soon!
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• United States
23 Sep 08
Thank you. It's great to hear from new myLotters as welly old friends. Welcome to the Lot!
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
23 Sep 08
You can try milkshakes, baby food, jello, soups, stuff like that. I hope you get through it allright. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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• United States
23 Sep 08
Thanks so very much. I couldn't go to work earlier because one of the pain meds gave me massive nosebleeds. Never a dull moment!
@draconess (651)
• Canada
22 Sep 08
I would go with lots of soups- you can make them in unlimited flavours. A variety of my favourite ideas: -roasted butternut squash soup (just fry any type of squash, then blend with some herbs, spices, and milk or chicken broth) -seafood chowder -mashed potatoes or parsnips (you can really mash most veggies and they still taste good, especially with the right seasonings!) -cold watermelon soup for dessert -tomato gazpacho or cool cucumber soup -blend up frozen berries for fat-free sorbet
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• United States
22 Sep 08
Thanks. You do have some wonderful ideas!
@annjilena (5620)
• United States
22 Sep 08
you could eat chicken noodle soup are you can eat broth. wow, iam sorry you can,t chew your food that must be a terrible thing. i never been in this situation i know its not a good one to be in. ensure has so much vitamin and stuff no wonder you gained weight most of the time they give it to older people because they don,t eat right sometimes and get a vitamin defiency so i hope you feel better soon have a blessed day.
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• United States
22 Sep 08
Thanks very much! I made a batch of noodles last night, and I hope the broth will soften them enough so at least I can feel like I actually ate something! Someone who was just being silly gave me a gift bag this morning, containing bubble gum and jaw breakers candies.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Ouch, wow that's terrible. Am so sorry. Have you tried eating jars of baby food? Maybe make a shake in the blender using ice milk instead of ice cream. Shakes are filling and maybe heat soup such as tomato soup or chicken broth that doesn't require any chewing. Is your surgery scheduled soon?
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• United States
22 Sep 08
They still haven't scheduled it. Worker's Comp is terrible about that. My attorney is constantly nagging them, and I hope it works soon. Thanks for the suggestions.
• United States
22 Sep 08
I went through surgery three times in a year and two blenders, I feel for ya. I got tired of yogurt too and started getting creative w/the smoothies and adding soy protein powder or wheat grass. There's not much you don't have to chew. I tried oatmeal but ended up having to drink it. Just try to keep your nutrition at an optimal level so when you do have surgery you'll have the defenses you need to ward off bacteria and infection. I know it's not enjoyable to have spaghetti milkshakes but this wont last forever and the day will come when you can chew again. I still am eating softer foods as not to stress my injury because once they fixed me I discovered what temporal migraines are. As long as I get my nutrition is all that really matters and I think it's best for you to accept your condition and forget about solid food for a while or even wanting it because there's nothing you can do but accept it.
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• United States
22 Sep 08
You're right. There's nothing like the voice of experience. Miss it or not, I have to accept that it is what it is.
• Japan
22 Sep 08
well you can try 100% juice or mixed fruit juice and veggies..but if your worried bout eating right..u can always take supplements..just think your on fasting and try not to do work that require using a lot of strength. Consider fasting as a way to get your body cleanse.Or try oatmeal or some rice porridge and soup..u can put bits of bread in the soup so u dont have to chew.
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• United States
22 Sep 08
Thanks, but teaching requires an enormous amount of energy. Oatmeal's a great idea, and my overweight body wishes I could fast, but I need to keep up with more than 150 teenagers each day.
@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Poor Cobra, I'm sorry I haven't been in touch. You poor baby. When I had a couple of teeth pulled, I had to be extremely careful because I had one on each side of my mouth pulled. The main problem wasn't the pain as much as not starting the bleeding again because I'm on coumadin(blood thinner). Like you I drank those yogurt drinks. Also the fruit out today can make some great smoothies. Creamed soups also worked. This is what I lived on. The first solid food I had after at least two weeks was mashed potatoes. They were sooo good. It even felt good in my tummy. When is your surgery? I hope I helped a little. Keep me posted sweetie. I'll stay in touch. leenie
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• United States
22 Sep 08
Are you OK? I wrote a couple of PMs, but I didn't want to be intrusive, so I deleted them instead of sending them. I've been concerned, though, because you weren't around. The doctor isn't even going to see me again until Thursday, and my lawyer is trying to get Worker's Comp to approve the surgery so I can get this over with. I have no idea why, but I woke up (it's almost 1 am) with a huge nosebleed. I called in sick already, and I'm still trying to make it stop. Going to myLot is a good distraction, and I'm particularly happy to hear from you! I guess this just isn't my week, or month, or something. I hate not going to work, if only for giving up a sick day, but I can't get this stupid bleeding to stop. No more aspirin for a while!
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
22 Sep 08
bless your heart, i hope u soon have it fixed. i thought of instant puddings & i use the sugar free when i make them.
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• United States
22 Sep 08
I'd forgotten about that. In't even mess with my diabetes! It'll be a great treat.
@philjas (1134)
• United States
22 Sep 08
If you don't like Ensure or Boost, how about Carnation Instant Breakfast? It's cheaper, too. I have no teeth at the moment while I'm awaiting dentures, and luckily I love the taste of Ensure, but just lately I started experimenting and I can eat a couple of surprising things: Ramen noodles if I smash them up in the package before cooking them. Ground beef. I cook it then just eat it with a fork. Melt cheese on it and put on some ketchup and it's a cheeseburger "salad". :) Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. Corned beef, heated up it can be mashed up really fine. Of course there's the usual yogurt, pudding, oatmeal, soups, cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, and of course, ice cream!
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• United States
22 Sep 08
Wow! I never thought of peanut butter or any sort of meat. Thank you so much. Good luck with the dentures.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
21 Sep 08
Mashed potato should be easy for you to eat. Maybe some tomato soup. Jello, oat meal. It not really that much I can think of. When are you suppose to have the surgery?
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• United States
21 Sep 08
How I wish I knew! Workers' Comp is always problematic, but since the school system is self-insured, it's worse than most. I wound up having to go bankrupt in 1996, when it happened, because they only paid one day's pay a week, and it took almost eight months for me to be able to talk again. My mouth was stuck wide open then. This time, it's just a little, so I can't put my teeth together, but my students are very good about not giving me a hard time for talking funny. Anyway, they're still sending me for additional tests, and they had a doctor try to physically force my jaw back in place. It didn't work, of course, and the pain is beyond belief! Frankly, I use myLot as a distraction, but I do have to get the ts my kids took Friday graded.
• United States
21 Sep 08
Some ideas include tomato soup, broths, vegetable puree, ice cream, sorbet, sherbet, puddings, smoothies and milk shakes. Also, you may want to do V-8 and other fruit and veggie juices so that you are getting all of your vitamins and nutrients.
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• United States
21 Sep 08
Thanks. I can hardly wait to have fruit before it goes in the juicer!
@pam210 (345)
• United States
21 Sep 08
What about rice, smoothies, milkshakes, applesauce, oatmeal or cream of wheat? I wouldn't eat boost or ensure I would just blend in veggies or fruit to what ever you are making. You can make a cream of potato soup and mix in blended carrots for extra nutrients. You can do the same think with fruit and smoothies.
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• United States
21 Sep 08
Thanks. I hadn't thought of a couple of those things, and the wonderful ideas.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
21 Sep 08
You are lucky it's getting cool, all types of soup should work, you can even buy them canned. Refried beans are good add salsa, pesto works on thin mashed potatoes. Can you do cottage cheese and jello, jello and applesause, all types of fresh fruit mashed or canned fruit mashed. Thats all i can think of but if you use a lot of spice and herbs the flavor will, it should help even if you can't eat for texture. I am so sorry you have to go through this. Good Luck
• United States
21 Sep 08
Thanks! I'm so lucky to have such a resourceful friend.