Hi Sun woman,
Stay away from straws, too, as they add to your bloating. Glad to hear it's subsiding! If you haven't already seen it, check out the link to my early recovery journal for more tips and a chance to see what another person's recovery looked like. It's posted in my response to Ducky.
You're at the very beginning stages of recovery, and it's the most challenging of all. Hang in there. You'll notice real improvements over the next few weeks and months.
Keep in mind that your wrap is becoming increasingly more swollen as we speak. The swelling peaks on or about Day 14. Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better. That's the reason your surgeon has you on liquids.
Be sure to ask any questions at all as they come up. You're in a great place! This forum provides lots of great information and support from other more experienced members. I came here just before my surgery in 2009, and felt extremely lucky to have found such a supportive and positive forum. As Just Ducky said, nobody understands what this recovery is like if they haven't experienced it first-hand. Here you're surrounded by people like that!