ZoeyValuated: The Plot Thickens…

Hello to all of you beautiful people!

Long time no blog, if you will. Yes, this is totally on me, have been having trouble with this post for some reason. I guess the more personal the topic is, the harder it is to write about it. Go figure! 

Let me explain further. I wrote a little bit about my whole pneumonia debacle a few weeks ago, and as promised, here is another post about the eventful experience… more specifically, the part about the after effects. So, long story short, my ‘really really bad pneumonia’ was because of aspiration A.K.A. liquids going into my lungs when swallowing. Sadly, this has happened before… so, something needed to change. They told me that I need to add thickener to ALL my liquids now! Ouch! When the doctors said these words to me, I seriously just sat there blankly. It was as if time had frozen. All that came to mind at first, was: “this can’t be happening!”, then shortly after, “but… but… my coffee!! how will I get my daily coffee?!” The news was quite the slap in the face, as they say. 

Keep reading to see the stages of grief I went through and how I came out on the other side…



ZoeyValuated Coping with The Thickened Plot!

Crying – Yes, I may not be able to produce tears, but crying is sadly not out of the question. The truth is, there definitely would have been tears shed over this issue. The first stage of grieving, perhaps? 

How  – My mind during this whole thing… 

  • How can it be?
  • How will I drink?
  • How long will it last?
  • How am I going to get through this?

Let’s just say, there were a lot of ‘how’s’ scrambling around in my head. 

Angry – Now, I’m really not an angry person, I swear! I try to be as calm and zen as I can, but this particular event did make me slightly peeved, I’m not gonna lie. Maybe annoyed is more the appropriate word here, I’m not sure. Oh well, regardless, in a nutshell, I was not a happy camper 🙁 I remember feeling like no one around me understood how tragic this was. No one took it seriously enough. This was a big deal!

So, what was the second stage, you ask?

Negotiating – This often happens during grief too, am I right? Well, I was definitely not yet able to accept my new reality. For so many years, I convinced myself that this day would never come, that it would never happen to me, but here it was. I was sure the doctors must be wrong, there was no way that I couldn’t drink liquids normally anymore? There must have been a misunderstanding?! 

Grieving – The whole thing was very slowly accepted and then I had to actually grieve the ‘loss’. As weird as it sounds, I felt like this meant I needed to let go of the feeling of ‘fitting in’. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had this belief that I needed to do things the same way as others in order to fit in with them. The more little extra things I had to do (i.e. my eye drops), the more I felt left out. Now I think differently, don’t worry, but momentarily these feelings came back. I felt like adding this thickening thing to my F.D. repertoire would take me that much farther away from fitting in. This was my ‘grieving period’, as I like to call it 🙂

Exploring – Now, I’m thankfully onto the fun phase… exploring how this all works. The latest? I have recently thickened various alcoholic beverages and even some pop! The results? Well, it worked, they were definitely thick! Drinkable, but thick. Nothing I can’t get used to! 🙂

Suggestions? – I thought I’d leave the best for last… the place where you guys get involved! Have you ever dealt with frustrating doctor’s orders? What did you do? What would you suggest? What is your advice for coping? 


Merci beaucoup! I cannot wait to hear all of your answers! 

I promise I will try to blog more regularly, I know I’ve kinda dropped the ball lately, but no more! To start, I have a treat for you guys later this week… a post by the wonderful Adrian Urbina! Want to guess what movie he wrote about this time? 

Until then,

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One thought on “ZoeyValuated: The Plot Thickens…

  1. Fiona

    May 16, 2018 at 7:09pm

    What about blended drinks like frappées, smoothies, frappacinos or milkshakes?

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      Zoey Schvan

      May 16, 2018 at 11:22pm

      They told me that I should avoid anything that melts in my mouth 🙁 I’m still waiting for the final instructions from my NY specialists though, so we shall see!
      Thanks so much for reading, Fiona, it means a lot! <3

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  2. Lise Lacroix

    May 17, 2018 at 5:39am

    Great post Zoey.,,I’m impressed at how you’ve been able to embrace this new reality with such enthusiasm and how creative you’ve been!! After I broke my knee there are things I could no longer do and had to adapt to the “new normal” as I call it. Glad for you that you’re still able to enjoy your coffee etc!!!

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      Zoey Schvan

      May 18, 2018 at 12:32am

      Thank you Lise, that means a lot! 💕 It’s definitely been an adjustment, but I’m managing 😊 My doctor called it the “new normal” for me too!

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