Welcome to Healing Well! The symptoms and eating you described sound just right for your stage of recovery. Generally peak swelling is somewhere around two weeks, but it varies a bit from individual to individual.
I began participating in this forum in early 2009, and had my wrap done the end of February 2009. The members here really helped me through--preparing me and supporting my recovery. Unfortunately, surgeons don't tend to spend much time on providing guidance regarding the recovery. I've seen it here time and time again. I guess it's because they haven't experienced it for themselves!
I was told on Day 6 post-op that I could eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid. I consider myself one of the lucky ones. Many here are told to stay on liquids for up to 6 weeks! Yikes! My doctor was confident that I could make my own responsible eating decisions, which I did. If something wasn't chewing to a liquid, I didn't swallow it.
This is not my eating plan, but I did find this resource recently, and think it offers some pretty good guidelines: http://slhhn.org/docs/pdf/keystonesurgical-fundoplication%20diet.pdf You'll have to copy and paste it into your browser, because try as I might, I couldn't get it to become a live link.
Although you're not supposed to eat bread, you're right about toast. Once bread is toasted it can be chewed to a liquid easily!
If you ever get something stuck, try not to panic. If you relax, and continue drinking and relaxing, you'll be able to get it down. Sometimes warm tea is the best thing when your throat is spasming, which it will if you've gotten something stuck. If for some reason you can't get it down, then you can cough it up the way a cat coughs up a hairball. You probably won't need to, though.
I'd like to be the first to welcome you to our Wrapped Club! There are quite a few of us who've had the Nissen surgery. If you'd like to start a new thread on the main page, it'll be easier for you to ask questions and get answers. Here's the main page link:GERD - Heartburn
Glad you've joined us!