Nissen Post Surgery Day 17

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 7/1/2012 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, really enjoy reviewing the posts. I had my surgery on June 13. was sent home on liquids for 2 weeks. Then told to move onto soft foods. Have been doing mashed potatoes and gravy-seems to be OK. How can you tell if you are eating too much? I have noticed in posts that you have to be careful-what happens? I have been limiting myself to 1/4 to 1/2 cup of broths and a spoonful of potatoes.I was swallowing my meds OK, now pills seem to be "sticking".Had a hitial  hernia repair,nissen and a another hernia repair in my belly button.Had soft ice cream tonight -tasted so good! Only ate part of it, worried about too much,too fast. surgery seems to have healed well, some discomfort when I lie on my left side. Still get random pain/tightness across lower chest/rib cage area. any ideas?
thanks for your help !

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 7/1/2012 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   

If your food is sticking, stay of liquids and soft foods - don't rush things as you heal. You are only 2 weeks post op and still got ways to go. You can try introducing more solid foods and see how you do. As to how much is too much, it depends how you feel when you eat. At this point everything is still swollen so you may feel full faster but as you go along it will improve.

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   Posted 7/1/2012 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Boots,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah You're at the very beginning stage of recovery, and the symptoms you're describing are totally normal.  Your swallowing is getting more difficult because your wrap is becoming increasingly more swollen.  Peak swelling is on or about Day 14, and then the swelling begins to subside and your swallowing will gradually get better. 
Crush your pills for a while if they're getting stuck.  I'm 3 and a half years post-op and my wrap still doesn't let me swallow really big pills.  Prior to my surgery I could handle any size "horse pill" without trouble.  Now I take liquid calcium instead of tablets.  Where there's a will, there's a way!
Here's a link to my early recovery journal.  I think it'll help you to see that what you're experiencing is pretty typical:
Here's a good post-Nissen diet resource:
Glad you've joined the forum!  Be sure to continue asking questions!
Take care,
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"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.”
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