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. Shannan

    My daughter's fourth grade class wants to send the miners and their families little prayer cards and well wishes. Does anyone know where we might be able to get an address to send something like that? Thanks

    August 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peanuts

      i bet its in english, do you know what they speak in chile??

      August 31, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      The school wants to send them prayer cards? I sure hope this isn't a public school.

      August 31, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • polyhedron

      Try this:

      This is the website of an English language newspaper. People also can send email greetings to Chile to be posted there. There are messages from all over the world encouraging the miners and their families.

      August 31, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Peanuts, I'm SURE someone would be more than kind enough to translate them for the miners.

      September 1, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • egor

      license you have granted pursuant to our

      September 1, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Get over it Mike.

      September 1, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • DT

      I'm sure you could send these, but keep in mind the authorities are not likely to fill up their limited space in the mine with all the notes, letters and prayer cards they are likely to receive. (They will probably be informed they have so many of such and such a missive, until they return to the surface.)

      September 1, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Frisco

      Shannan, I would say try what polyhedron proposed, but another alternative could be to contact the nearest Chilean Consulate or the Embassy in Washington. All the rescue efforts are being coordinated by the government, so that could be a way to get the cards delivered to the site or miners after they are rescued.

      September 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wzrd1

    Try the Chilean embassy in DC. www(dot)chile-usa(dot)org .
    Click embassy information and follow the links OR send e-mail to the staff requesting information.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wzrd1

    I would STRONGLY suggest sending down a 2 inch monitor so they can see faces other than each other. They're going to get REAL tired of looking at each other all of the time, family faces and rescuers faces AND the outside world will alleviate stress BEFORE someone loses mental control.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. M Trought

    They must send blackberries down so they can tweet about their situation to the world. They must create a reality Tv show so that miners can benefit financially from their ordeal

    August 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      If technology and physics would allow it, they should exchange you for one of the trapped men. Then we could all listen to your renditions of the horrors of being trapped half a mile below the surface.

      August 31, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      A blackberry would work underground nicely. As a paperweight. No signal.
      Would my raspberries to you work instead?
      Please place your next suggestion on Form ID10T.

      September 1, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. SmarterHuman

    I think they should rename it "The Wind", not just "gave him wind"

    August 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      "The not so divine wind"?
      Seriously though, it's called a transliteration error. Literal transliteration.
      But, for the concept, consider being on a packed elevator where everyone had beans...

      September 1, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. SmarterHuman

    I think they should rename it "The Wind", not just "gave him wind."

    August 31, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lacey Mason

    Don't cheapen this experience by turning it into a reality show. Their plight isn't for our entertainment. They'll get money another way.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peanuts


      "HOLE" 33 men live in a hole half a mile underground for 4 months, who will win the people's hearts......stay tune and learn the heartbreaking story for 33 hispanics eating beans underground and who will light the match??

      August 31, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary Ann

    I am unexpectedly touched by their desire to be able to speak better to the news media when this is all over. Bless their hearts! I hope they remain in good spirits and in good health. A month is a very very long time and I look forward to seeing the videos of them coming out at last!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Author, Femi Folorunsho

    I pray the miners come home safe. It must be a real uncomfortable place to be, but I know that God delivered the Israelites out of Egypt and he will deliver them in Jesus name.
    Author, Femi Folorunsho

    August 31, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I think you confusing the word 'know' with 'believe'

      August 31, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Yes, perhaps one will get a magic toothpick to part the bedrock for them to walk out in victory.
      Rather than going with blind faith, I'd rather wish them good luck, supplies and moral items.
      If they want a priest or other religious type, they can ask for one, who will most certainly come up with a better parable than yours.

      September 1, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. outawork

    No Jello!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PARROT


    August 31, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lucky22anme

    God be with these guys. I feel so sad for them and what they have and will have gone through by the time they are released from their earthly prison. May God bless them every minute. I just hope every one of them makes it outta there alive. Its gonna be a long 4 months for people above the ground I can't imagine how torturous it must be for them below. They need all our prayers right now and in the future. They are true heroes they left home to go to work to earn money to support their families and had this tragic collapse imprison them. That is epic sad. My prayers with them and their families.

    August 31, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      They already have my and my family's prayers.

      September 1, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • deedelu

      will always be praying for them.

      September 8, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. grizto

    xanax or somthing like it

    August 31, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lady Kelli

    Poor Guys! I'd hate to be stuck at work for months on end...

    September 1, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Even worse, stuck "at work for months on end" with little light, whatever the surface decides to send down that needle hole to them for provisions to eat and drink, most likely malodorous AND 85 degrees.
      That's not tough, it's triple tough!

      September 1, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joe, San Diego

    Good God too many people want to be comedians, jokes, jokes, jokes galore about 33 people that are trapped underground so much for empathy
    No better than those awful words you curse people with

    September 1, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
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