Eating becomes a chore when you have a big tumor at the base of your tongue. Swallowing is painful (which is what led to the discovery of the tumor in the first place).
You can’t smell much when you have a tracheostomy (medical speak for a hole in your throat) since it sort of takes your nose out of the loop.
And when you add the general undesirability of hospital food—especially soft varieties—it’s no wonder one of my problems has been undernourishment.
I haven’t eaten so enthusiastically in months.