It’s a sad state of affairs not for health reasons (I’m at least hoping not for long-term health reasons), but because I have to maintain a clear fluids diet for the next 14 days (counting today, because every day is going to count going to 14). Just to clarify, that’s a clear fluids only diet. Just to clarify the clarification, clear means “one can look through it”. Start thinking about what foods are really clear. There’s not much out there. About the only see through foods are things like the holes in Swiss cheese. And we can’t eat the holes as a matter of definition.
As for the definition of fluid, fluid is not the motion of a big chunk of steak as it’s thrown on the grill. Fluid is not the shimmering simmer of risotto as it cooks. Fluid is not the bubbling of mozzarella cheese on top of a pizza in the oven. Fluid is not the pouring of blueberry muffin batter into the individual cups of a muffin pan. Fluid in this case is something that can be poured into the mouth, bypasses the teeth, and goes straight to the stomach through the esophagus. There’s maybe a fleeting moment for tasting on the tongue. But that’s it. No more!
The hospital approach:
hot broth – flavor and source unspecified (and likely, unknown)
jello – various colors (known) and flavors (up for discussion)
juice – apple or orange (hard to go wrong here)
iced tea – better than most of that stuff that comes out of a dispenser in a fast food restaurant
hot coffee – hospitals have the best hospital coffee – no argument about that – just don’t compare with any other coffee
Ensure® – it’s not clear, can’t see through it – how does this qualify? – I guess they make the rules
Ice water – straight from the public works department
In a fleeting honest moment, let me just say of my three “meals” while an honored guest of the hospital, the warm broth rocked. Whatever it was, it was what I needed at those moments.
Thirteen days to go.