You're on the other side...congratulations! Thanks for sharing your experience with others. It helps others understand the process, and assists in preparing them for what to expect. Each individual's experience is unique--a result of a combination of the surgeon's approach/philosophy, their own individual physical condition, and how each person interprets what is happening to them.
I don't understand the tube in your throat either. That was not my experience. Some have had an NG tube to suction blood, mucous, etc. out of their stomach (I didn't, but others here have.). Having that experience shared here prepared me for the possibility. I have never heard of having the breathing tube in upon recovery. You'll have to ask your surgeon and see if something happened during surgery to cause them to think this was necessary. Generally you're well sedated when you have the breathing tube down, just because of the urge to remove it if you're conscious. That's definitely something to discuss (also the restraints).
Did you have to travel far for your surgery? When do you see your surgeon again? I saw mine at Day 5, and at that time he adjusted my diet. I could not eat or drink much at all in the early weeks. The swelling in the stomach creates a feeling of fullness.
I'm sure you've read that your wrap will become increasingly more swollen in the first two weeks, so your swallowing will get worse before it gets better. Don't worry...this too will pass.
I agree with Joy... Liquid Loritab was what I took in the hospital before coming home. Unfortunately, for some reason, my surgeon insisted that I could take the tablet form. Don't get that at all. Anyway, that would be my choice...it was great in the hospital.
I found ice to be soothing and helped with the pain of my incisions. The one at my left rib area was the worst, and the resident said that it was the
opening where most of the manipulation and work occurred.
Rest up, and keep the faith! You will get better day by day, and before you know it you'll be better than ever!
Best wishes and healing thoughts,