Welcome to our Healing Well
I'm very glad you've joined our group! Please feel free to vent and ask questions--there are many experienced "wrapped" members who can share their own experiences and offer you support in your recovery.
I don't know how strict your surgeon is with eating, but I was set free to eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid on Day 6. Bread is out, but if it's well toasted it then becomes crunchy and easily chews to a liquid. Just a thought.
Keep in mind that the espophagus is a dumb organ and interprets all pain as heartburn. My hunch is that when you lie down it puts more pressure on your healing wrap and causes you pain. I notice even after two years post-op every once in a while if I lie on my side I can wake up with something akin to heartburn pain. I think it just pulls on the wrap.
During the early healing stages I continued to sleep on my wedge pillow. It seemed like elevating my upper body was more comfortable and didn't put as much pressure on my healing wrap. You might give that a try. Also, in these early days you might want to take a pain med at bedtime to help you through the healing.
Glad you've joined us, and I hope you stick around. Ask questions and we'll do our best to offer helpful information. Many here have experienced just what you're experiencing, and we know how scary it can be.
Take care...we're here for you!
Post Edited (dencha) : 8/28/2011 9:28:40 PM (GMT-6)