Try to look at your upcoming surgery as a life changing experience. I am able to say exactly that. Not everyone has the same results, but I believe a positive outlook helps tremendously. I have no reflux, have not taken a Nexium since the morning of my surgery (I too was on 80mg a day of Nexium), and my asthma is all but gone. Sure, we in the "wrapped club" have to deal with some less than desirable situations for several months. By that I mean that we have some initial pain from the surgery, we have to deal with liquid diets for a couple of weeks and soft and semi-soft diets for a few more weeks and then we have to watch what we eat and how much for a while. I will gladly do all of that for relief from reflux and no more jumping up in the middle of the night to throw up, and not being able to breath without a rescue inhaler etc, etc, etc..
The day of my surgery I do not remember a whole lot.. as Joy said you go into pre-op and have a breezy gown.. after that I get fuzzy because I do not deal with meds very well. I was hooked to an IV and they gave me something to make me relax.. wheeled me out of pre-op and all I remember from there is saying good-bye to my husband and my cousin.. next thing I know they are talking to me trying to wake me up and I have pain... mostly in my shoulders. I was taken to my room and as soon as I asked for something to drink they gave me ice chips, then I asked for ginger ale.. they gave it to me, I can't say it was the smartest thing to ask for but, it is always what I want when I don't feel well.fortunately it was flat by the time I drank it. I had liquid for dinner, broth, jello, juice and tea. in the morning they gave me thin cream of wheat and broth, jello and tea... same thing for lunch and dinner and breakfast on Sunday. I pretty much ate(drank) that for about 10 days then soft boiled an egg and mashed til you couldn't recognize it. it was OK. I always made sure I had something to drink right there to dilute everything.
I have just passed the 12 week point and I am eating pretty well.. lots of fresh veggies cooked well, nothing raw. I can eat watermelon at this point but I cannot eat other fresh fruit yet. I have eaten chicken, ground beef, pork chops.. as an example in the last few weeks but... you have to CHEW CHEW CHEW... everything must be chewed to mush. I started on pasta a bit overcooked.. now it is cooked soft and it is good with a little extra sauce to help it. As you go along you will learn that the best thing to judge your steps by, is what your body tells you.. if it says ..ah no I don't think so.... listen to it and don't eat it or do it...
You will do fine, make sure you let us know how you are doing and don't be afraid to ask questions. If I had not been able to turn to this forum I would be a mess.. I think these people are super...
Good Luck and let us know how you are doing..