I'm glad you've found us. We're a big family with members all over the world. Welcome!
Sorry to hear you're going to have to wait so long. Christmas isn't an ideal time, but if that's what it takes to get better, it'll be the best Christmas gift you could ever get.
Every surgeon is different, but mine set me free to eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid from Day 5 or 6 on. That helped me a lot, as I really enjoy food, and it provided me with a wide range of things to eat. My husband and I go out to eat a lot, and I went out even in the early weeks. I would select foods I could handle--a cream soup, crepe manicotti...whatever I could handle. I left my frozen chicken broth in the freezer!
You will have to take tiny bites and chew, chew, chew, but you'll be surprised at how well you handle well-chosen foods. The other thing that is surprising is how little your stomach will take before feeling very full. I was told that it was because of swelling...the stomach interprets the swelling as fullness. This subsides gradually over the first weeks and months.
Still, during the first weeks, there are challenges, and when your wrap becomes more swollen to peak at 2 weeks, you will be listening to your body and stepping back to easier foods for a while.
It's all attitude, Eileen. You have a few months to get yourself into a good mindset. Look at the positive, and work on developing gratitude that you can have the surgery at all. There are others who are suffering like you, but have no health insurance or access to healthcare. You're one of the lucky ones. Me too!
I found the recovery from the surgery to be a very pleasant surprise. While it's very challenging, it is far superior to the pain of reflux. I'd trade Nissen recovery for the pain of esophagitis any day!
Hang in there...Use the months prior to your surgery to learn everything you can about
how to make the recovery as positive an experience as possible. This forum was a lifesaver for me when I had my surgery in February 2009. That's why I stuck around to help others the way I was helped.
There are many experienced post-Nissen posters here. Draw on those who offer optimistic yet realistic advice. As I said, your attitude will determine whether or not you handle the post-Nissen recovery with grace or frustration. It's a major surgery. It's a revision of your upper GI tract. There will be changes that occur. There will be adjustments. There will be post-op pain (although it was less than I expected).
There will be feelings of "heartburn"...your esophagus experiences all pain as "heartburn". All these things will provide challenges. However, if you can surrender into your recovery and follow its lead, you will find your recovery is much easier. Those who panic at every pain, and struggle against what is happening, have a lot of difficulty. Relax into it. Let it happen. Don't struggle against the time it takes...just go with the flow. If you can do that, you'll do great!
Take care! There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Post Edited (dencha) : 8/27/2011 8:25:41 AM (GMT-6)