Stormie & Joy
Thanks for your replies, some good advise on the food front.
Even though I can seem to eat more solid stuff it probably is better to hold off on anything more than soup and yoghurt for a while.
Glad to hear other people also burped quite a lot afterwards.
The Pork chop just goes to show how well organised the UK NHS system is, the doctors can't talk to the nurses to get the right food ordered.
I was given a liver shrinkage diet for 2 weeks before my operation where all I ate was 2 soups, 3 yoghurts and a pint of semi-milk a day so the freedom of being able to eat something else has got the better of me. One thing I do find I can eat without too many problem is spaghetti bolognaise as long as I cut it up into very small pieces, like you do for a young child.
In terms of weight loss I've lost about 5lbs in 10 days but I have been sucking on small pieces of chocolate when I get starving.
One good thing is that whatever I eat I am on smaller child size portitions and sometimes don't feel the need to finish what I have. Some of this is certainly due to the liver diet and in general I had cut down on my food quite a lot for several months before hand.
In sept 09 I weighed 242lbs, I'm now 200lbs so I've gone from ill-fitting trousers (pants) to one's that actually sit right, down two UK sizes from 40in to 36in. You can see the difference in my stomach, face and my legs have gone from solid swimmers to slim runners.
The consultant made it a condition I didn't go above the 242 mark and said he wanted me to loose at least 14lb before the op. Apparently the size of your liver can be a major factor in a laproscopic procedure having issues and ending up being open surgery.
If anyone is going to have a fundoplication done then I would strongly encourage them to loose as much weight as possible before hand. (Make sure you don't become underweight though) I've found it a struggle to support my own weight at times on my arms whilst getting up, when I struggle I use my stomach muscles which cause me real pain in the wounds. The last 10 days would have been so much harder if I had the extra weight. Getting someone to help me out of bed has also improve the recovery as I'm not putting the wounds under real pressure any longer.
In september I embarked on my own weight loss - liver cleansing diet. I'm not saying I didn't find it hard, impossible at times at work, where people are constantly eating biscuits and donuts around me.
My daily weekday diet was:
Breakfast: yoghurt & melon
Lunch: Homemade soup
Dinner: Caesear salad with chicken or fish (low cal souce)
I would have "normal" food at the weekend but control the portion size.
The soup was based on an Indian liver cleansing diet without the spices as they upset my stomach too much. Each sunday evening I would make a pot to last the week and keep it refridgerated:
Fry off: 6 large small diced Carrotts & 1 finely diced Red Onion
Add: 1 pint of chicken stock
Add: 1 large head of Broccilli, I cut up the stork part into small chunks
Add: 1 large bag of spinach and 1 bag of pre-sliced curly kale
Add: 1 small tin of tomato passata (less acidic that plain tomatoes)
Cook for about 40 minutes
I'm not a vegetable fan so I use to blend the soup into a creamy texture. It doesn't look the prettiest soup in the world, horrid colour but tastes far better than expected. Found it better to season while cooking as you tend to use less salt.
It worked very well for me but I guess you should check with your own doctor before embarking on anything like this. I know that dark green vegeatables aren't good for people on Warfin.
From 5th Sept - 19th Dec - My diet - I lost 25lbs
From 20th Dec - 4th Jan - Liver diet - I lost 10lbs
My surgery was postponed by the hospital so I went back on my diet for a 10 days and back on the liver diet for 5 days. Only lost 2lb during this time.
The last 10 days has been 5lb.
So not only is my reflux problem potentially fixed but I'm much healthier as a result of the whole process. If I loose another 14lbs it will be the first time my bmi won't have been in the 'obese' or 'over weight' sections of the chart since I was 20, 18 long years. All the experts say that there is a critical weight for everyone in terms of reflux, once you exceed it then the reflux gets significantly worse.
I've always found it hard to motivate myself to loose weight, the fundoplication was the best possible reason I've ever had.
I'm back to work on monday, on reduced hours for the next couple of weeks. I don't get a follow up with the consultant for another 4.5 weeks. That's worse part of the UK NHS system, the long waiting times. On the upside I haven't had to pay for what would have been a very costly operation.