Before long we'll be welcoming you to the Wrapped Club! You may have already seen my early recovery journal, but if not, it will provide you with some idea of one person's experience. I was a lucky one with a surgeon who had a very liberal eating protocol. I was on liquids in the hospital (overnight), and went home on soft foods. On Day 5 or 6 I saw my surgeon for a follow-up and he set me free to eat "anything that could be chewed to a liquid (creamy/smooth) consistency". He ruled out bread (toasted is fine) and steak for about 7 or 8 weeks. I found that beef when cooked in a crock pot for hours and hours was very chewable and easy to swallow.
Here's the journal:
Kitt has already given you some great resources! The eating guides will be very helpful.
Good luck! Keep asking questions that come up before your procedure, and we'll be looking forward to hearing from you afterward!
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.”