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Ryobe
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   Posted 8/31/2011 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I am at day 15 post op Nissen and two hernia fixes. What should I try and eat? My doc said soft foods for two weeks then normal but I think I am scared to try normal. I ate one butter bean last night along with my pudding and crackers. Any advice or ideas?

dencha
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   Posted 8/31/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ryobe,

I would suggest you follow the suggestion my surgeon gave me when he set me free to eat whatever I like at Day 6 (believe it or not).

He said that I could eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid. Really, that leaves a lot of food you can eat. If you're anything like me, you will fill up very quickly (a result of the stomach still being swollen and interpreting that as fullness).

Take small bites and chew, chew, chew until whatever it is you are eating is in liquid form. It works! If you are chewing something that just won't chew down, deposit it in a handy paper napkin and try something else. It gives you the ability to eat a variety of foods...of course, no raw veggies...if it can't be chewed to a liquid, don't eat it.

My doctor cautioned me against bread and steak. Bread tends to clump up rather than chewing to liquid. If you toast that same bread well, though, it chews to a liquid nicely.

You'll just have to experiment. Don't forget to chew, chew, chew! (My mantra!)

If you have a slow cooker, you can cook meats for hours and generally they'll be able to be chewed to a liquid. Just stick some veggies, potatoes, and meat with a little liquid, and cook them on slow for 10 hours or so. Still, follow the chew to a liquid rule.

As time goes on you will be able to handle everything, but since you're just starting out and aren't sure how it will go, I'm confident that if you follow the "chew to liquid" rule you'll do just fine. The beauty of it is that you become your own blender, and you get the pleasure of the taste and satisfaction of chewing while you "blend" your food to an easily swallowed consistency.

If you have an "accident" and swallow something that doesn't go down immediately, don't panic. Some try to cough it up (like a "hairball"), but I found that a relaxed attitude, and drinking warm tea or room temperature water works well to get it though.

You may get some spasms during that time, but they will subside, and you'll be just fine.

Happy Eating!turn
Denise

Ryobe
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   Posted 8/31/2011 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise! I just had an Italian lemon ice and not sure the lemon flavor was such a good idea. Plus I just finished my tube feeds. I do those for 16 hours a day so I eat while feeding also. What do you think about rice, butter beans and chicken for lunch. Just a little of each of course.

Jeanae

dencha
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   Posted 8/31/2011 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeanae

It sounds fine! Just be sure to take tiny bites and chew, chew, chews! Rice could get clumpy, so take it easy with that, and be sure the butter beans are cooked to tender.

Have a great lunch!
Denise

Ryobe
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   Posted 8/31/2011 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hubby didn't know I was going to try today so he ended up eating it all so I did pudding and applesauce. Will probably eat some soup for supper tonight. I am still so weak it is hard for me to fix things so I try to do easy things and it's hard to do sometimes. Luckily, my hubby is great and even comes home for lunch since work is just 5 minutes away. I did try a butter bean last night and it did fine. I noticed a little more gas today but nothing to bad. Thanks for all the advice and help. It is pricelss:)

dencha
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   Posted 8/31/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeanae

When I was at your stage of healing if I had anything bean-related (baked beans, green beans, butter beans, etc.) I would take (chew) about 3 BEANO tablets just as I started eating, and it made a big difference. You might want to try it. It'll help keep the gas away.

Take care,
Denise

Ryobe
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   Posted 8/31/2011 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you I will keep that in mind. Just wandering why the nausea comes and goes? I have done nothing more than soft stuff that I have had for days and am now feeling nausea. Of course, I am feeding again with the tube so that could be it also. I also noticed some funny feeling movements on my left side today above my belly button. I haven't felt that before. It didn't hurt, just weird feeling!

dencha
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   Posted 8/31/2011 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jeanae,

Really, as my surgeon said, "During these early weeks of recovery, anything is possible." He said that he thinks he's heard every possible post-op symptoms, and someone will come in and tell him about a new one!

Some people struggle with nausea during the beginning of the healing process. It's likely the way your stomach reacts to the assault. It was pulled and wrapped and stitched. Your stomach is likely inflamed, and is reacting by feeling ill. Really, a stomach bug is considered gastritis (stomach inflammation) and that is characterized by nausea.

Just hang in there...as you continue to heal it will subside. It just takes time.

We're here for you!
Take care,
Denise

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   Posted 9/1/2011 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
For nutrient fixes, try juices made by Naked. They are found over near most produce areas in the grocery store. They are great when I can't get one of my vitamins down.

Also, I LOVE coconut water, butternut squash puree with chicken stock and seasoning, and ginger frozen custard too.
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