My father has lost 40 lbs in under a month due to his sense of taste. He was hospitalized for two weeks for pneumonia and a bacterial respiratory infection and discharged to SNF. During his hospital stay, he said that everything tasted "awful" or "rancid". Now in the SNF for almost two weeks, that continues and in fact has gotten worse to where he's claiming that everything tastes "like kerosene", even water.
We've raised the concern with SNF that Dad can't rehab properly (the infections impaired his strength and mobility as he was bedridden for two weeks straight) if he continues to lose weight and strength. They seem to treat it as him just being stubborn.
Thanks to Dr. Google, as well as a phone consult with a geriatrician, we've learned that either the respiratory infection or the antibiotic treatment (or both?) might have caused his altered sense of taste. Now that we know the cause (maybe) we need to know how to restore his taste buds to full and accurate functionality. We can't find such info anywhere, and if this continues, Dad will deteriorate to where he'll slip away by Christmas (if not sooner). He's spunky and says he wants to fight to get better and come home, but his inability to eat or drink is "torture" and until that's resolved, he can't really make progress with rehab. Suggestions?