Days 7-8 Post Nissen Surgery

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   Posted 3/6/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   
When I decided to do this surgery, my eyes were wide open. I had read extensively, and had heard many, many horror stories reported by unhappy patients. As I've said...this forum offered the most balanced view I had ever seen. The people who have posted here to report their experiences--both positive and negative--have done so with an open heart.

As I prepared myself for the surgery, I really appreciated all the regular members who shared their tips and hints to prepare me for post surgical recovery. I thank you all.

My swallowing got more difficult on Days 4 and 5, and became easier again on Days 6-8. I don't know why. I have wondered if the prednosone I'm on has decreased the inflammation and swelling in the wrap as well as my lungs. It's an interesting question. I'm sure I'll be up and down with swallowing.

I've been walking on the treadmill at 2.0mph the past two days...about 10-15 minutes at a time (no incline). I just hop on periodically throughout the day. It feels really good to do it, and I know it'll help me get my strength back. It's also good for my lungs and legs (previous blood clot after surgery).

When I eat, I fill up really fast. Since seeing the surgeon, I've been a lot more adventurous in regards to eating. I do chew, chew, chew, until there's nothing solid left. Small bites are important.
I've eaten things like cream of potato soup, saltines, toasted banana bread (no nuts, of course), a half slice of toast with peanut butter--really anything that can be chewed to liquid. That is a lot of variety.

Tonight my husband wanted to get out, so we went to Olive Garden.
I had some chicken and gnocchi soup--delicious, and very digestible. Of course I could only actually eat about a quarter cup. The waiter was wonderful, and gave me a fresh bowl to take home, so I'll have a few meals there.
I also ordered manicotti. I didn't eat a lot of sauce, and only actually ate maybe a quarter to a third of a cup. My husband helped me out by eating some, and I brought some home. The pasta wrapping the manicotti required some chewing, but it was very good.
I found I could eat the outside of the breadsticks...nibbling the crust off.

Bottom line, if it's chewable, and you chew it lots and lots, it's edible.

I know nobody really cares what I'm eating. I'm just including the information, to let someone who's trying to decide whether to take the plunge, that in about a week (God willing), you can actually eat real food.

The only can't eat very much at all. For some reason, the stomach gets REALLY full REALLY fast.
I do have a stomach that burps itself at times...I think that has helped with the bloating. Doesn't solve it all, but helps.

So there you own experience to this point. I know I'm in for a long road back to eating more normally, but being able to eat interesting things makes it easier.

Most important--select an extremely experienced surgeon. We considered going to a medical center, but finally decided to find the best surgeon in this area that we could find. So far it has worked out very well. I'm sure my continued recovery will be an adventure.

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   Posted 3/8/2009 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
You mention of getting really full real fast. It reminded me that I could tell when I had eaten enough because I would get the hiccups. If I ate anymore after that I would get bloated. I haven't heard anyone else having that problem... then again I never asked anyone either.

Take care,

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   Posted 3/8/2009 4:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Dencha, it sounds like you are on the road to recovery! It's so nice to hear that you are walking and eating, any activity that makes you feel a normal human being is great! I suppose your stomach will feel small, you've not eaten a great amount and it will shrink. But at least you have an appetite. Yeh I suppose you will have ups and downs with the swallowing, until your body has healed. So brave. Take care, J xx

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   Posted 3/8/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Bill...It seems I get full so fast that I haven't gotten to the hiccup point yet. I do have an appetite, (prednosone is known for making you hungry), but can only eat a tiny amount until I feel really full. I also have a problem remembering not to drink too much water. I'm a thirsty type, and always have water with me. I'm trying to remember to save my drinking for between meals. How long does it take before that immediate fullness subsides?

Jules, as always, thanks for your encouraging words! Enjoy your day!

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