I made it through my September 28th surgery! !

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KAYEM
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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 10/4/2012 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the words of support. The surgery was a success. I am post op 6. No true symptoms of GERD just a little nausea with drinking all the liquids. I realized I was not taking in enough calories so I had a headache and became really weak. I'm not a diabetic but I talked to my Pcp and she said my blood sugars were actually dropping. The cure was to make drink the hello while still a liquid. I also found some clear protein water that I mixed with the Jello.
My stamina is about 30 mins of intermittent walking.

Since all of you shared the importance of walking to relieve the shoulder pain only lasted 1 day. I loved my walks. I slept with ice on my sternum because that was the only place I had pain for the first 3 days. No stomach pain just heaviness. No pain since day 3. I am down 10 pounds since day of surgery.
If anyone has suggestions to stop my cravings for pizza and sub sandwiches. I have always been an emotional eater and being at home this week had been tough. I have been reading and going for shirt walks outside.

So I am on the road to recovery. Stay tuned tor week 2 update. turn turn

dencha
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   Posted 10/5/2012 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kaye,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah It sounds as if you're doing great!  The pizza craving will have to wait, since tomato is pretty acidic...give yourself a few weeks before attempting to recreate that tasty treat.  My guess is that you could make a pretty good facsimile with well-toasted bread and a little sauce and cheese.  The sub sandwiches are a little trickier.  Still, if you look at allowed foods you'll see that toasted bread is fine, and deli turkey would certainly chew nicely.
 
You'll have to experiment.  There is one thing you cannot deviate from...take very small bites and don't chew anything that hasn't chewed to a liquid consistency. 
 
Congratulations!  Glad to hear the walking has helped with the shoulder pain--it did for me as well.
Best wishes,
Denise 
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.”

eLaReF
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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 10/5/2012 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kaye

I was advised by my consultant to only eat bland soft food (and no alcohol) for 6 weeks after my op.

I erred on the side of caution and only had soup and soft desserts for those 6 weeks although pizza was the one thing I really craved too!

Have to tell you that after waiting so long, that pizza was one of the finest in my life - so hang in there, it's worth the wait :)

Totally agreed with Denise on remembering to chew, chew, chew as getting food stuck soon after your op is no fun and it would be a shame if this spoils your pizza heaven moment...

Cheers.

Les.

ericapeace2000
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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 10/5/2012 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Luck with your recovery!
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

KAYEM
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Date Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts : 26
   Posted 10/5/2012 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried scabbled eggs this morning and chewed until until it disappeared. They were heavenly. I will wait for my Pizza as Les said. But as many members said before I am thankful I stumbled across this page.
Thanks again.

dencha
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Total Posts : 7181
   Posted 10/5/2012 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kaye,
We're glad you did, too!  Like you, I found it shortly before my surgery a little over three and a half years ago.  I've stuck around ever since to pay forward all the wonderful help and information I received here when I was in my hour of need!
Best wishes,
Denise
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.”
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