Now what? Introducing new foods

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tuffluv
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   Posted 6/22/2012 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  am about to go into my ninth week after surgery.  I guess I'm a little concerned as to what foods to start adding to my diet, and in what order.  I am talking about such things as raw fruits & vegetables ( it is summer after all). Also what about such things as chocolate, tomato products, citris - oranges, lemons, etc.  I've got the consistancy of the foods down, but I'd kill for a grilled hamburg with ketchup on a bun. My surgeon's departing words were only, "maybe steak by the 4th of July". Orders for what NOT to eat the first 6 - 8 weeks, but nothing else. Any words of advise?
 
Thanks,
-Faye

mariacarole
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   Posted 6/22/2012 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Just checking in.  I had the Nissen almost 3 years ago.  I am 65, but spry.  I had a pretty complex surgery so healing took awhile.  I still have periods of distress.  I find that chocolate, dairy, oily foods, bread and popcorn.  All favorites, are hard to tolerate.  It may just be me.  Keep meals very small.  Lots of soft stuff.  Yes, lots of tomato stuff is bothersome to me.  I have a couple of beautiful tomato plants though!.  Stress makes it much worse.  I discovered that I have bouts of low blood sugar so I have to eat small meals and protein throughout the day.  I found out on this website that the blood sugar issue was caused by changes in the stomach.  It scared me when it first happened as it is very dramatic and I'm not getting any younger.  It would only happened on the weekend at first so I knew it must have something to do with staying on a schedule and food intake. I work a lot, so I have to be vigilant, but sometimes fail to follow my own advice. It took two years before I really started feeling more like myself digestion wise.  Everyone is different, but this site is, in general, helpful.  I think sometimes the area just gets irritated for a few days too and you just have to wait it out. I had no symptoms, but a huge hernia and my diaphragm was practically non-funcional so all that had to be repaired.  Just try to stay calm and chew(I have trouble remembering this as I have always been a"wolfer".  Bland is best eventhough not much fun.  IT is better to be safe than sorry with this.  Good Luck.  I haven't been on here in ages, but had a really bad bout of LBS today because I didn't eat while working today. Thought I would check in as my "anniversary" is coming up next month.  Hope your healing goes well. Mariacarole 

CurbYourEnthusiasm
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   Posted 6/23/2012 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
tuff,

At 9 weeks you should feel free to eat whatever you'd like, just continue to chew your foods until they are liquids and eat small meals (4-6 a day) instead of 3 large ones.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/23/2012 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning tuff,
 
As each person is different re their healing progress, I am going to post a couple of links from our resources for you:
 
Post-Nissen eating information :
 
These links should never take the place of your Drs. instructions or advice.
 
 

~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship" ~ Louisa May Alcott

tuffluv
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   Posted 6/24/2012 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your words of wisdom. I learned that a fish fry
was not the wizest choice, even tho it was not the least bit greasy,breaded, not beer battered. In one end, out the other. Maybe it was the beets. I guess it will be trial & error from now on.

Stkitt, thanks for the websites. I printed them out.

Mariacarole, unfortunatley, stress is a big part of my life. I'll have to work on that.

-Faye

mariacarole
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   Posted 6/24/2012 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Tufluv-Faye, Sorry about the fish incident. Sounds familiar.  Sorry too, about the stress.  I can relate.  I still work too much and with small children and worry about making ends meet.  Problably should just get rid of TV, Cellphone etc.  It will get better.  You are very new to this situation.  They told me that I could go to work three weeks after the surgery and I ended up on the floor a couple of times while my stomach churned!  I could have used a few more weeks.  It does lead to weight loss.  I am about the weight I wanted to be and the smaller stomach kind of keeps me thinner.  I find that applesauce is very helpful.  I buy it in huge jars now and have it with my oatmeal every mornng.  Oatmeal and applesauce are two things that usually always go down well.  Fish Fry-ahhhhhh.  I grew up in Oklahoma and that was a favorite.  I still eat a few of the things I grew up on, just in much smaller amounts.  Hope this next week brings more healing and progress for you.  This website will bring you lots of answers and support.  Actually, it is the one thing that really helped with my situation the most.  Hope it helps you too. 
Mariacarole
 

tuffluv
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   Posted 6/25/2012 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Mariacarole,

Thanks for the incouragement. I was feeding a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to my granddaughter today and without thinking, made one for myself. I was halfway through it when I realized what I had done. I haven't eaten bread (untoasted) in more than 8 weeks. Then I realized I was actually swallowing it with no trouble. I then remembered what my doctor had said about eating when you're around other people and not concentrating on chewing. I'll have to be more careful.

My husband just retired 3 months ago and I'm having trouble getting used to him being around all the time. I was forced into retirement from a part time job I just loved 4 weeks after my surgery when the owner decided to close the toy shop she had run for 28 years. Less money, more husband, special diet....not a great combination. Adjustment, patience, this too will pass.

Thanks again, Faye

mariacarole
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   Posted 6/26/2012 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Faye, Hope the peanut butter was ok. One of my favorites. I just eat a little with a spoon for dessert. Sounds like you have a lot of changes at once plus surgery. That can be overwhelming. Hope the rest of the week goes well. I am teaching summer school and that ends Friday. I too am changing jobs. I have worked at the same school for 4 years but am going to a different one with 2 hours less pay per day. Going to have to figure out how to make up the difference. I am supposed to be retired! You are right. It will all pass with patience. Maybe this little break can lead to some little business you and your husband can do together. I am always hoping to come up with a bright idea for an easy job that brings in a lot of cash. Ha Ha. Good luck with all your changes. Remember, "Babies are the only people who like
change". Keep tuning in to this website. It will really help. It is always good to know that eventhough it is cyberspace, we are not alone in this. Have a good rest of the week and weekend coming up. Happy 4th of July a little early.
Mariacarole
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