Dee, I was not even eating any foods at day 6. It was day 7 that I was allowed to eat and it was very little amounts at a time. Don't get discouraged.....your appetite will pick up.
Mine picked up a few weeks after surgery and I now feel hungry ALL THE TIME. UGH, I hate it. I have gained 10 pounds too and I am very upset about that...BUT, people comment that I look great and healthy, not fat. I am 5'5" and weight 156. YIKES.....seems fat to me.
Don't force yourself to eat....eat small amounts.....stop eating when you 1st start feeling full, and WALK, walk, walk, alot. That seemed to help my food to go down quicker. I have never walked in my life for exercise and I am now walking 3 to 6 miles a day and I have actually found that I like walking.
You have an ileostomy, right?
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy. Parastomal hernia.
June 20, 2011-I will have a total colectomy, hernia repair, tummy tuck, and end ileostomy. I will keep my rectum since it is healthy.