Oh, my goodness! I think you'll need to have your family come to this forum and read what we say about the early days and weeks of recovery.
You can ask them to read my early recovery journal that clearly discusses the fact that our stomachs can tolerate only tiny amounts of food during the early weeks.
If you overstuff your stomach at all you will be in more pain. Everyone who has a Nissen surgery has varying amounts of pain afterward. Take comfort in the fact that you're in the worst stretch right now and things will improve over time.
Half a bowl of soup is TOO MUCH at one sitting. That much can be sipped over an hour or so, little by little.
I'm sure they're just trying to help, but you need to let them know that you're communicating with others here who've been through the same surgery and support your desire to listen to your body and follow its lead.
You can't force this recovery. It will take its sweet time. You can help it along by not pushing things.
Are you taking your pain medication regularly? How is your shoulder pain? That is the one thing that could improve with walking around a little. Still if your other pain is overwhelming and hurts more when you're up and around, do WHATEVER it takes to feel better.
Perhaps your family could fix up the couch for you so you could rest and recover in their company. Please tell them that experienced people who've gone through the same recovery you're experiencing have said that they need to let you make your own eating decisions.
Eating too much at this point can be a HUGE pain trigger.
Some of this problem could be coming from your surgeon's cavalier attitude toward how easy this recovery is. In my own experience, and the experience of others here, surgeons don't know anything about what it's actually like, and definitely underestimate GREATLY the difficulties and challenges.
That said, having had the surgery three years ago, I can say that you can look forward to a much improved quality of life once your recovery has been complete.
It takes 6 months for most of the healing to occur and a full year for the rest. You will experience gradual improvement over that time. Please continue to post here so we can support you through the healing process.
We're here for you!
Hang in there,
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 4/14/2012 8:54:35 AM (GMT-6)