Getting ready for my first operation, probably in two weeks

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Mark N.
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   Posted 2/26/2005 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I keep seeing rules like "chew, chew and drink a lot".  What can you eat after the operation? (not sure if I get a j-pouch in one operation or in the second in three months)  I got tooth implants a couple of years ago and while the inplants stabilized, 6 months or so,  I was not allowed to eat solid food so I made three blender drinks/meals a day.  I used Ensure so I knew I'd be getting full nutrition and then I added a bannana, some yoghurt and ice.  This makes a great and tasty smoothy.  I whipped it all up in my blender and you know, I got used to it and it wasn't bad.  It is a chepa way to eat and takes very little time to prepare.  I took some vitamins and drank a protein drink once in a while.  Is that what would work with an ostomy or j-pouch installed?  I am not a steak and vegey person anyway and I just eat to load up on fuel anyhow so if a "blender diet" would be good for the program, I will do that.  Yoghurt = protein and banannas and fruit are good for vitamins and the Ensure is supposed to have it all anyhow .... You get lots of liquids that way too.  Remember Rocky in th movie drinking a few eggs at a time?  I suppose if you didn't have to worrk about Salmonella, you could add those to the blender.  Some people at my gym do that just to get extra protein.

Pin Cushion
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   Posted 2/27/2005 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Everyone is different on what they can and can not eat.
WHile you are recovering in the hospital, they will slowly start intoducing you to more types of food and should send you home with instuctions. No matter what it is, when you want to try a new food, do so in small amounts at first and make sure you can tolerate it.
For me it has been 2 years since my colostomy and I can eat anything with no problem.
Good luck on your operation.
Sigmoid Colostomy / Crohns / Type 1 Diabetic / Ostioarthritus / Asthma / High Blood Pressure / High Colesterol / Migraines. Ain't life a joy?

* I think it may be time for a colorful metaphor*

Mark N.
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   Posted 2/28/2005 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Al, When you say "I can eat anything", do you mean you can eat Maxican food?  Sushi? Ice cream?   Can you really EAT those thingsd or only take a bite here and there?  Can you eat and then go out or do you have to stay near a bathroom for a period after you eat?  Are you often awakened at night by tne need to go to the bathroom?

I have no choice so I will adjust my life however required but we are close to retirement and are making plans on where to live, how far from town, etc.  I just wonder if I'll be able to drive and hour or so between bathroom pit stops with a j-pouch??  My mild, no-symptom colitis has never put a crimp in my lifestyle so this will take somne getting used to!!

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   Posted 3/3/2005 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I cannot eat large amounts of sour kraut or peanuts but can handle either in small doses. Everything else I can, sushi, mexican, lots of thai, vietnamese, and plain old american. Chew carefully which is a good practice anyway and drink lots as you said. The only thing with me is very spicy food, such as thai hot, if I do have a bit of a leak, I need to change it quickly or major irritation.
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