Hi UK, I had the surgery on July 22. I am probably a lot older than you 62 but very active. I didn't feel close to my old self until about
6 to 8 weeks. The eating got better and easier for me about
six weeks out. My stomach's reactions to food are still mixed after more than a couple of months. I think it is a good idea to eat very small amounts of bland food and chew a lot. I too, have lost weight, but needed to drop about
20 pounds. I am starting to drink a little beer. I just started at about
10 weeks and not every day so you should be fine for the wedding and related celebrations if your healing proceeds as mine did. I had a bad tummy ache earlier this week, but everyone around me at work was suffering from some kind of intestinal bug, so in hindsight, I think that was what was bothering me. It was a scare for me though. I really babied myself for the first 3 or 4 weeks. The healing has been a lot slower than I would like, but I am starting to notice some positives, like more energy and more easy breathing. The bloating has gotten better and some days are better than others. lots of folks here reccommend gasx. I guess it helps, but gas is still a problem especially about
an hour after eating. My intestines still don't quite react as before so they are a little unpredicatable, which is not fun especially when you are working or shopping-Yipes. The over the counter anit-diahrreal(SP) stuff helps a lot. So I find that I have to take it once or twice a week on a bad day. Yesterday I splurged on some junk food (chocolate)and didn't have any reaction, "One does not live by healthy food alone" I think you probably need to give yourself a little more time for normalization. Also, I am a worry wart and found that when I stressed things got worse. I know how you feel-probably a little frustrated ,especially with a big life change coming. Good luck with all you have coming up. Let those birdesmaids take over some of the duties. THat will separate the women from the girls! Have a good weekend and good healing to you. THis forum has been invaluable to me. It really helped to read about
the process others went through. Everyone is positive and encouraging too. I had the surgery for a hernia which had become ginormous, but had few symptoms so in that way, I was fortunate, but the hernia and huge hole in the diaphram were conditions which could have led to disaster, so I am glad I had the surgery. It was a scary decision. THis forum was the first place I could find positive information which seemed realistic. IT is well-monitored so it is a good place to be. At about
2 and one half months I am feeling pretty good for an old gal and looking forward to getting better each day. I hope your experience is the same.