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My experience falls more in line with Gritty's. The thing that's more likely to get stuck would be pills. Keep in mind that every surgeon has different recommendations for eating, as Alcie said. However, that said, I don't see why some pretty soft/loose cream of wheat or pudding would be a problem.
My surgeon put me on liquids the day I was in the hospital, then soft foods as soon as I went home. That means starting at Day 2 I could eat things like Cream of Wheat and pudding. In fact, I did eat egg custard right away.
You will need to take tiny bites and chew chew chew in the beginning, and for quite a while while you recover.
The one thing you need to keep in mind is that your wrap will become increasingly more swollen over the first two weeks. Don't be at all surprised if you have more trouble swallowing as time goes on. After the two week mark the swelling begins to go down, then you're on your way.
I was on "anything that could be chewed to a liquid" from Day 6 on. I was very careful, and if anything didn't chew completely I deposited it in a napkin. I didn't have any trouble with that protocol.
In the early weeks you'll want to avoid untoasted bread, as it gets clumpy and can never really chew to a liquid. Also I was told to avoid steak, as it doesn't chew completely.
Before I had my surgery, experienced members here said that when I swallowed something that got stuck in my wrap it would be kind of like a hairball, and I might end up coughing it up. I never had that experience. Instead I followed the advice of another member and stayed relaxed, drinking water (never iced, it can cause spasms) or tea, and whatever it was went through just fine. I did get some spasms as described by Gritty.
I also was able to burp right away. Actually, I don't think I burped as much as my stomach burped. That will help you a lot, as it will avoid bloating issues. Hearing that, I would guess your wrap is fairly loose, which makes it less likely you'll have problems with something like pudding or cream of wheat.
Just remember...eat very slowly with tiny bites and chew chew chew.
You will be able to eat normally again, although I do understand you wondering. I remember thinking I'd never be able to eat another bagel, and an acquaintance told me that she ate bagels, and she was a Nissen patient two years prior.
I was pretty much eating normally at four months. You'll always have to be a little more careful with chewing your food, since your wrap is kind of a cobbled-up LES, and it doesn't work exactly like the original. But hey! The original didn't work at all, or we wouldn't be having this discussion!
Patience. If you can surrender to your recovery and follow where it leads you, it will be easier to tolerate. People who fight their recovery and want to rush it have the most frustrating time at all.
Remember...ALWAYS...eat slowly, and chew, chew, chew, chew, chew. If you can remember that you will do just fine.
Good luck, and glad you've joined us!