Lovie, I couldn't tolerate the carnation drinks myself, too sweet for me. Several of the different brands protein drinks are just cloyingly sweetened and as a person who has hypoglycemia, that REALLY matters to me as much as too much sodium does, since I also have high blood pressure.
The GNC is the best one, I think.
Others are either too sweet or taste - just gross. I forget but I think myoplex might have been the name of one premade protein drink that I just could NOT drink even though it cost more than I wanted to pay.
I've learned by trial and error - GNC whey protein seems to be the best "bang for the buck", so to speak without as much of what I try to avoid in my diet.
Also, if you have not discovered Smart Water, look into it. I still live on it. It has everything good in it that you get from gatorade but none of the sugar, color, sweetness, etc. I had tons of it put aside for the hospital and after and am still drinking it. Great stuff and during the time when you cant get as much into the body as maybe it needs, it's a great boost, in my opinion.
At 26 days post surgery, I still can only hold about
a cup of anything in my stomach, perhaps a bit less, so I try to make sure the value of what I swallow is going to count.
I tried to get my clan ready for the way things would be when I had my operation - and you're doing the right thing by trying to get your husband prepared I think. It's kind of a commitment taking care of someone who has just had an operation of this kind.... things don't go back to normal for a while, it would seem, and you really need support, especially at first.
I found that they don't really get what I was going through since none of them know what the reflux and choking, etc was like, and I hope they never do, but then since I found this place and people who DO get it I felt like I had the support I needed - it just came from different sources in different ways.
I wish you the best on your journey, and that's what it is, and I hope for you the same freedom from pain that I got from my operation. The quirks of learning how your new stomach works and the healing from the operation are so worth it to end the agony that life was just a few weeks ago for me and probably is right now for you.
It's going to get better! : )
Hang in there and keep asking questions if you have them! : )
Post Edited (ZhyKitty) : 11/28/2010 8:35:44 PM (GMT-7)