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taco bell is one of the few places that does not have iced tea frown unless you like the flavored ones (raspberry splash or something like that) i like plain iced tea with no flavor and no sugar and they do not have it, so i just have ice water there.



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Yer lucky to be living in the PacNW, not the South -- Iced tea is very plentiful, but it is usually sugared. I usually just get water, but eating out with friends, I have found a glass of milk to be just right.


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I was a big skim milk drinker before Tx and I still drink it with every meal. My favorite post ride drink is skim milk blended with a large banana and liquid chocolate.


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Im interested in knowing if any of you guys who recently finished radiation are able to drink a soda. I used to love Coke, but havent been able to drink one for about 1 1/2 yrs now. I stick to iced t, milkshakes, hot chocolate, and chocolate milk. Same for coffee, I can only drink coffee if it is mixed with hot chocolate.


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2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
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215 HBO dives
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8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
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Christine,

I've never been able to drink soda, so I can't answer you there, but the coffee....

My tastes and what my mouth, throat, and stomach can tolerate or will desire have been changing like the tides for 2 years now, and still do. I used to keep a running cup of black coffee with me always. After treatment I couldn't drink it at all. I started to drink it with flavored creamers & sugar at first, then I eventually got back to enjoying a cup of black coffee now & then, but not constant - not even daily. But then I still choose cream & sugar sometimes now, and sometimes the very thought of it makes me nauseous. My poor husband tries to figure all this out. It's kind of like "So do you like (insert something I used to love here) this week?

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Christine B. You will drink coke again. I had stage IV tonsil cancer and got the lifetime dose of radiation. For two years I was like you --chocolate milk shakes fortified with protein. But after a while I could drink coke and then certain fruits I used to love became possible. Don't worry. In times it comes back. Lee 27

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Christine,

I too at first was unable to drink a soda drink because the fizz was just not fun. I also didn't enjoy fruits, except bananas, for a long time post Tx but that did change over a long period of time and now I have no limitations whatsoever so don't give up yet.


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I'm with you Christine, I used to enjoy a cold coke or fizzy drink but to date I am unable to drink them - 16 months after radiation.

As others have suggested I will also keep trying.

Karen


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Christine-

I can drink soda but I no longer like the taste. Because I haven't had it in so long , it is SUPER sweet to me. I also don't drink many juices now because they are very sweet and tangy tasting to me (fresh fruit tastes fine to me though). ! I pretty much stick with milk and water now!


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Thanks guys smile

I have learned alot about never giving up from the great people on this forum. Sometimes the really little things most people take for granted become overly important to me, like having a soda. Coke isnt healthy anyway, just knowing I can drink it is what i would like to accomplish. I will add that to my list of things to keep trying every couple months. For now, I will stick to my iced tea, hot choc, shakes, and choc milk.


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SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile
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