The Trouble with Salt.
You have probably heard the phrase,”Salt of the earth”. Many people are unaware that the derivation of our word salary refers to someone earning their salt. The reasons for these and other phrases extolling salt is that at one time it was one of the only ways to preserve food with any sort of safety and was thus a very expensive and needed substance.
My problem right now is a surfeit of salt. I am not certain if it is really too much salt or if it is a continuation of the battle with my taste buds but the only thing I can taste at present is an overwhelming taste of salt.
Last Thursday was the second of my chemo doses and along with it they give me 5 litres of saline solution over a 4 day period. This is to flush the nasty chemicals away form my kidneys where if left alone they would, and again I hate to use technical terms, bugger them up.
Unlike the first time through this process though I am now left with an overwhelming taste of salt. Now don’t get me wrong I have liked salt since I was a young boy. I have on occasion in my life, just for the fun in it poured salt into my hand and then licked it off like I was practicing for later slurping my way around tequila drinks till oblivion sets in.
Now however as I sit here quietly absorbing my meal through the tube in my stomach and contemplating all that is right and wrong with the universe I find my mouth practically scorched with the taste of salt.
I lost the ability to taste sweet things last week and I am now wondering if I have also lost the ability to taste sour or whether in fact I have a surfeit of salt from the hydration to get worked through. The home nurse thought that was probably the case but I will be asking them today at the clinic if this is normal.
Now if I could just east a few fries with this all I’d need to go along with it is a bit of Ketchup. Grey Poupon ketchup of course, we want only the best for me.