Welcome to Healing Well, and our Wrapped Club!
Does your surgeon know about
your milk allergy? While each surgeon is different, and many require liquids for an extended period, it's not a universal requirement. My surgeon had me on liquids in the hospital, and soft foods until I saw him on Day 5. At that point he told me that I was free to eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid. He warned me against breads and steak, but said that if I took small bites and chewed thoroughly to a liquid, I could eat anything I wanted.
During the first two weeks after surgery, your wrap becomes increasingly swollen. It peaks at two weeks, then starts going down. Because of that, your swallowing can get worse before it gets better. Since your choices are so limited due to your milk allergy, you might discuss the possibility of a more liberal food plan.
I was happy to be my own "blender", creating liquid nutrition through chewing real food. If something I tried didn't chew to a liquid, I discreetly deposited it in a paper napkin.
I think surgeons worry that their patients will overdo it, chew incompletely, and end up with something stuck. Really, it's not all that hard to be aware of what you're eating, take small bites, and chew completely.
That said, if you are sticking to a liquid diet, Joy's soy milk idea is a good one. They've got flavored milks that are quite good.
Give your doc a call and see what he/she says about