Suggestions on going to solid food from soft food?

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   Posted 10/28/2012 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
It has been a little more than a month that I've been on omeprazole for my reflux which caused a piece of chicken to get caught while swallowing on Sept 11, and I am ready to start trying solid food since the soft/thick food I've been having (maltomeal, applesauce, mashed potatoes) has been going down well.

I think my reflux should be under control enough now that solid food will go down ok. I just am not sure what to start with trying to eat, since I've been having liquids, then soft food for the past 3 weeks. Has anyone been through this stuff before and how can I not worry about the solid food I try getting stuck?

Thanks for any help!

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   Posted 10/29/2012 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Toast spread with butter. Crackers crunched in your soup. Peeled Apple. scrambled eggs. I just made the change from pureed from soft to solid. Good luck. I am happy you are feeling better :-)

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   Posted 10/29/2012 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Vienna sausages was one of my transition foods.
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   Posted 10/29/2012 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Crackers! Those have been a lifesaver for me. Also cookies dipped in milk (no chocolate chips or nuts though!) =)

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   Posted 10/31/2012 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Still haven't tried any solid food yet, a little afraid it will get caught. I know I need to eat more than I have been. I hate being afraid. Does anyone have any advice on how to get started and how not to be afraid of new food getting stuck?

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   Posted 10/31/2012 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is a link that might give you some ideas.  Try eating frequent small meals and chew well.  Take small bites.
I am on FOLFOX chemotherapy and one of my problems is difficulty talking, swallowing or eating especially cold foods.  When I take my meds they feel like they get stuck in my throat and the same with eating certain foods so I am learning to pay close attention to what I choose to eat as well as make sure the food has gone down before taking another bite full.
Hope this helps.
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   Posted 10/31/2012 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt, I'm checking that site out now and will keep your suggestions in mind!

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   Posted 11/2/2012 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Had some scrambled eggs today with no problem. I'm having thanksgiving early this weekend at my relatives house, wondering what I will be able to eat there.

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   Posted 11/2/2012 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi x,
Happy Thanksgiving!  I had a Nissen fundoplication in February 2009, and at that time I was provided with excellent advice from my surgeon.  He told me that I could eat anything that could be "chewed to a liquid".  I suggest you follow that rule at your Thanksgiving dinner and you'll do just fine. If it worked for me during my post-Nissen early recovery, it will work for you as you gradually return to normal eating.
The key to eating success is to take small bites and chew, chew, chew, until whatever you're eating is a smooth, creamy, "liquid" consistency.  Thus, you teeth/mouth become your blender, which in my estimation is much more enjoyable, as the chewing and tasting of food is the best part!
Eat slowly, chew carefully, and don't eat anything that doesn't chew completely.
That's a recipe for eating success.  Enjoy your delicious Thanksgiving meal!
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   Posted 11/6/2012 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Doing better every day - had pumpkin pie, squash, and mashed potatoes this weekend for Thanksgiving. Yesterday I had cottage cheese and this morning I had a few bites of French toast and scrambled eggs, it seems like my throat is back to normal.

My dad suggested I try tuna fish on club crackers this week, that sounds good to me. Hopefully I am getting back to eating more and more regular food!
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