Well I am now past the magical 2 week barrier where I can start soft foods. I am doing pretty well with the eating part at this time. It is still kind of a chore to eat though. I find that the thing that I have the most difficulty with strangely enough is water. I can drink coffee, milk, juice, broth etc. with no issues, but for some reason I have a difficult time swallowing water. It just sits and causes spasms and sometimes comes back up. Not sure if I am taking too big of drinks or it is too cold or what, but I don't think I drink it any differently than other liquids. Very strange indeed:)
I had a very good early recovery. Unfortunately, I have had a little more trouble the last few days. I read about people having shoulder pain and pain under the left rib cage, but I thought they were having these issues much earlier in the recovery. I started with this pain on day 13 and have not been able to shake it. I have been icing to help reduce the swelling in my belly and walking a mile every evening to try and help eliminate the excess gas, but I have not found the magic to relieve this pain. I am assuming that this is normal, but find it strange after two weeks of not having any pain.
All in all, I would say that my recovery is going well and I am totally convinced that it was the right thing for me. Prior to my surgery my voice was always hoarse and I had a chronic cough. I have had numerous people comment on how good my voice sounds. I do still cough some, but it seems like a different type of cough, maybe due to the trauma to my abdomen. Anyway, I am thrilled with my progress and am confident that the surgery was a total success. Now to get rid of the pain under my ribcage and shoulder:)
Thanks to all who have posted encouraging words:)