August 31st, 2010
04:07 PM ET

What's on the trapped miners' menu

Officials tending to the 33 men who've been trapped in a Chilean mine for more than three weeks are preparing to send them their first delivery of solid food this week.

Through three bore holes that are about 4 inches in diameter, officials have been sending down items to make the miners more comfortable and physically and mentally as fit as possible.  But until now, the only nutrition sent to the miners has been in liquid form. The miners have been trapped in a cavernous shelter more than 2,300 feet below the surface since August 5, and a months-long drilling process to free the miners began late Monday night.

Here's what's on the menu Tuesday and for the next few days, according to Jorge Diaz, one of the leading medics looking after the trapped men:

- Tea bags, herbal infusions and thermos flasks of hot water
- For breakfast, an energy shake containing protein and carbohydrates
- Yogurt and cereal shake for a late-morning snack- Ham sandwich for lunch
- Another yogurt and cereal shake and a kiwi fruit to help digestion at mid-afternoon
- Jam sandwiches for evening meal
- About 5 liters of water per man per day
- Total of about 2,000 calories per day


On Wednesday, miners are set to get their first hot meal since the cave-in. They will get rice and shredded beef or pork. These dishes in Chile are normally served with beans, but Diaz said beans "will have to wait for the future." Diaz said he wants to avoid all possibility of giving the men "intestinal gas," which he says would naturally be unpleasant in a confined space


- MP3 music of Mexican-style "ranchera" music and Puerto Rican "reggaeton" dance music (that's a bump-and-grind, "dirty dancing" music genre).

- Nicotine patches for two of the 16 smokers among the 33 miners. One of the two reported feeling withdrawal symptoms from not being able to smoke; the other one said he couldn't sleep without having a smoke.

- Laxative medicine for one of the miners. A total of five had been complaining of constipation. BUT the medicine was suspended after the miner complained the laxative had "given him wind" and he was afraid of getting "expelled from the group" for the unpleasant smells.

- Reading material, including press cuttings about the mining disaster and the rescue effort, copies of the "Condorito" cartoon books (a Latin American classic), and a self-help book entitled "Tactics for Public Speaking" (Jorge Diaz said the miners were keen to able to talk eloquently to the press when they are finally rescued).

For more about the miners, read today's report on the rescue effort, and yesterday's blog posts on rescue plans for this week and the other items that the miners are receiving from rescue officials.

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  1. Mars u.s.a

    People please don't joke about these wonderful men,put your selves in their shoes, accidents do happen anything could happen down there or at least wait till they're OuT(todos somos hermanos,todos somos iguales) all southamerica speak spanish but brazil (portugues)

    September 1, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marc

    No beans. And the miners are afraid of "el viento" and being expelled from the group. How hilarious.

    September 1, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      But Im praying for their safe return. And fresh air.

      September 1, 2010 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • DT

      Out of curiousity, where would one of them go if he got expelled from the group?

      Anyhow, I hope they are out of there sooner than four months.

      September 1, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. dr britt

    @ MIKE...give it up dude. GOD BLESS THESE MINERS!

    September 1, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lisa Lee

    Try understanding how well they held up on their own b-4 they were even discovered alive... how challenging a situation they are in. These miners deserve all the accolades and emotional support from anyone in the world, no matter what their native language is. If someone on behalf of the miners receives hundreds or thousands letters of support & encouragement, the miners will be told this & maybe be sent a few representative samplings. I think it is important the miners know the world community is thinking about them & caring about their well-being. It does not matter what language the letters or notes are written in. Because the miners will understand they are written in a display of concern & compassion.

    September 1, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Beebs

    Shame on the media for reporting on the most personal of issues for these gentlemen. They have enough to contend with without the likes of us needing to know their most personal issues and digestive habits. Seems the media should be focusing on the POSITIVE aspects-the spirit and determination of these poor men. No need to humiliate them and their families with matters of such a personal nature.

    September 1, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. craig

    As if it's not bad enough being trapped underground while constipated, your company's press contact broadcasts it to the world. Drop him a funnel and some rubber tubing and pipe that "wind" to the surface. BTW, if the "wind" is offensive, how are they coping with smell of three weeks worth of deuces from 33 men? I hardly think a little frog bark would make that much of a difference.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brett

    Vitamin D at 2000 IU per day

    September 1, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. cherry

    My heart goes out to those guys- (TRAPPED) When its all said and done, I asure U it'll be the "LIFETIME" movie of the week! Literally......... LIVING HELL ON EARTH!
    USA supports the Chilean Miners-

    September 1, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dude

    Too bad about the beans and laxatives. They should send down a little pillow filled with carbon for the miners to pass gas into - would make things a lot more pleasant for everyone.

    September 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
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