Hi Mookie and Joy,
Glad to hear you're both on the road to recovery. Try to be patient in the beginning...it'll take some time for you to be comfortable and eating normally again. Patience is the key to a manageable recovery. You can't rush things, and it's helpful if you can accept the process without a fight.
Personally, I couldn't take pills--even though my surgeon seemed to think I should. I don't know if it was in my head or not--actually, I still get pills stuck, so I take liquid calcium, flaxseed oil in a bottle, and crush my vitamin C tablets. If your pills are getting stuck, you're not alone. My surgeon said that eventually I'd be able to take large pills again, but I doubt it. We'll see.
As far as eating goes, the first five days (until I saw my surgeon) I ate soft foods. It's normal not to be able to eat much. You'll feel stuffed after just a couple tablespoons. My surgeon told me that it's because of the swelling of the wrap and stomach. It gives the sensation of fullness.
Don't be surprised if your wrap and swallowing become more difficult before they get better. An acquaintance who'd been wrapped a couple years before me, said that her fourth day post surgery was particularly difficult. I think I had problems about that time as well. One thing that happened (that worried me at the time) was that for a few days in the first week I was making a tremendous amount of saliva--and with my swallowing problems, I didn't want to swallow it. I just kept spitting it out. I thought it was something wrong, but discovered that it has happened to others. If you get that problem, don't worry. It'll pass.
Joy, your surgeon has a very restrictive eating regimen compared to mine. Once he checked me out at Day 5, he turned me loose to use my own judgement--eating anything that could be chewed to a liquid. I still eat very slowly and chew very carefully. Even at 10 months post-op, I can get things stuck/irritated if I eat too fast or swallow things that aren't chewed.
I know that some complain about the changes caused by the surgery, but for me any little inconveniences that the surgery created for my GI tract are well worth it for the improvements in my eating, sleeping, and most of all, lung function.
Try not to worry about the recovery process. It is just something we all have/had to make it through. Try to take it a day at a time, and go with the flow. Don't panic when you have a little setback--we've all been there. This too will pass!
We're all here for you, so don't hesitate to ask away if you have questions or worries.