Welcome to Healing Well! You'll soon be joining our wrapped club! We'll be ready to welcome you to our club the moment you start your post-surgery thread!
I suggest you ask your surgeon to provide you with his/her post surgery dietary protocol. There are many here who have had the Nissen surgery, and almost as many variations in what surgeons require patients to eat during the first weeks.
I was prepared to be "eating" only liquids and perhaps soft foods for weeks, but at Day 5 my doctor told me I could eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid. Actually, in my estimation, that's just like a liquid diet, but I had the pleasure of liquifying my own food by chewing it thoroughly!
Once you know what your doctor expects, then you can get the proper foods gathered. If you are on soft foods, you can buy things like Cream of Wheat, and either make or buy squash, applesauce, etc., depending on your own personal preference.
Click the link below for a typical post-Nissen fundoplication diet plan. It'll give you an idea...but I'd ask the surgeon's office to give you their requirements.www.upmc.com/HealthAtoZ/patienteducation/Documents/NissenFundoDiet.pdf
It's a great idea to plan ahead and freeze meals for your kids. You said you might have evening help. Hey, that's better than nothing! It'll be nice to be pampered in the evening, and have someone to get those boys of yours into bed without a battle! (I'm also a mom, and know what that can be like!)
I had the surgery done in February 2009. I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised. I was prepared for a much more difficult recovery. I don't think I took the prescript
ion pain meds for more than a couple of days (buy some liquid Motrin or Tylenol, as you'll want to use that as soon as you can manage...they don't have the nasty side effects that the narcotic drugs have). You might want to take the narcotic pain meds at night, so you aren't bothered by pain when you're trying to sleep.
Everyone's recovery is a bit different, but if you can surrender to it, and just follow it where it leads you, it'll make the recovery much easier. People who constantly struggle against the recovery and who can't accept the time it takes to heal tend to have a much more difficult experience.
I'm glad you've joined us! Keep asking those questions. We'll do our best to help answer them, and lend support as you prepare for surgery and afterward as well!