You're way too early in the recovery period to begin worrying about
your June wedding. By June you'll be farther along, and will be feeling better. Positive thoughts!
Worry is understandable, but try not to project your problems into the future. Is it going to help you feel better now? Focus on surrendering to your recovery and following it day by day...one day at a time.
I'm glad to hear that backing off on your diet was helpful. I suggest you continue with that plan long-term and after a few more weeks once again gradually introduce some other foods (one at a time) and see how you handle them. Just because you can eat something doesn't mean you should at this point.
Your stomach has been through a lot, Simon. It has been stretched and pulled and stitched. It's swollen and very irritated. You know how it feels when you have a stomach virus? That's the way it's feeling about now. Eat as if you're trying to protect it and keep from being sick when you have a virus. If you eat wrong after a virus (when the stomach is inflammed as it is now) you pay with nausea. The same thing now. Your stomach is reacting to the trauma of surgery.
Each of us heals differently and has a different reaction to the surgery. You stomach happens to be very sensitive and not happy at this stage. That does NOT mean it will be that way in June. You've got a lot of healing time between now and then.
Especially because of your June deadline, you should be treating your stomach very carefully right now to help facilitate the healing. Stick with soft, bland, delicate foods...if you can do that for an extended time it will give your stomach a chance to heal.
I would expect some of the bloating is in reaction to the irritation of your stomach. Gas is another by-product of a stomach virus, and you can think of your healing stomach in the same way as a stomach hit by a virus. Instead of a virus, your stomach has been attacked by a surgeon with tools and a needle! Be gentle with it.
The beers will come. You're still at the early stages of recovery. I wasn't drinking beers at your stage, yet I enjoy them whenever I want to now. Right now you need to focus on protecting your irritated stomach so it has time to heal without an onslaught of difficult-to-digest foods. Bland, smooth, gentle foods...baby that stomach of your now, so you can heal more quickly and enjoy them in the future. Remember that when your stomach digests food it mashes with contractions, and rough foods can irritate the lining further.
You might actually find it helpful to read the information at this link:
It provides helpful informaton about how digestion takes place. I think you will be able to imagine how the surgery you've had can interfere with this and create some problems for you.
This surgery takes 6 months for the majority of healing and a full year for the rest. I found continued improvements and fine-tuning into the second year. That doesn't mean you'll feel like you do for 6 months--only that you'll gradually see improvements throught that time.
Right now your stomach needs you. Be its advocate and protect it while it heals. You'll feel better as a result. Believe me, I know it's hard to bypass tasty food choices for the stomach-protecting foods you need to eat, but if you do that it will speed things up. If you can avoid the daily nausea, won't it be worth it? Nausea is the worst.
Hang in there. It will get better!
Very best wishes,
Post Edited (dencha) : 3/17/2012 8:39:12 AM (GMT-6)