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ladyinred
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   Posted 12/26/2012 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It is 4 weeks since my open nissan surgery. A week ago we drove to Florida for the winter. I had the approval of my surgeon. I was anxious as my 87 year old mom was having surgery and I wanted to be here. The trip was ok but really tuckered me out.

I'm still having issues with my bowels. At home I was using stool softeners, Gas X, Miralax, prune juice even suppositories. I hate to rely on the suppositories. I am still eating small meals of mashed potatoes, carnation instant breakfast, cream of wheat, yogurt and applesauce. Right now I'm in almost constant agony of my stomach feeling full and achey. Having a hard time sleeping too because I can't get comfy.

What can I do to get my bowels regulated and this painful tummy? Walking short distances is ok but too much and it makes it worse.

Thanks!
Sharon
RA, OA, Fibramilgia, scleritis, hiertal hernia, GERD, cardiomyopathy, sleep apnea

couchtater
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   Posted 12/26/2012 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay time to start trying regular foods. Get some vienna sausages to eat. Think baby first teeth foods. Chew super well and small meals (1/2 cup of food at a meal).
Try watery grits, jello, crackers, early peas (cooked soft), grilled chicken nuggets...
The mash taters might be swelling on you some.
Increase your liquids and add a little bulk in your meals. Just avoid raw veggies, soft breads, and hard meats.
Joy
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ladyinred
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   Posted 12/26/2012 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy.....tomorrow I will definitely eat more and stop the potatoes for a while.
Sharon
RA, OA, Fibramilgia, scleritis, hiatal hernia, GERD, cardiomyopathy, sleep apnea

IlliniFan
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   Posted 12/27/2012 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Why is your diet still so limited? Dr. Orders? Or are you having difficulty swallowing? You have little fiber in your diet. Buy high fiber oatmeal. Try to begin a more normal diet. If it is a swallowing issue, get a small electric food chopper and chop your food up. I am now eating everything I fix for my husband by doing this. If I don't have my processor, I just chew and chew. I am 3 weeks post op and had thin crust pizza yesterday. Small bites and lots of chewing. Unless you have been directed to follow a strict diet, I would begin to try to eat more normally. Then I think your elimination will be more normal too.

dencha
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   Posted 12/27/2012 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sharon,
 
I third the motion that you can be eating normal foods.  I actually started on them at Day 5-6 because my surgeon set me free to eat whatever could be chewed to a liquid.  Your own mouth can be your blender.  Take small bites and chew, chew, chew. 
Happy healing!
Denise
 
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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

ladyinred
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   Posted 12/27/2012 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I woke this morning feeling great. Thought I'd try a piece of toast. I chewed and chewed but last piece wouldn't go down. I pannicked as I couldn't get it up or down and it was killing me...well finally it all came up. By the time it was over I was a limp mess with the shakes. This happens from time to time and that's why I went back to light foods. I haven't had a full meal since Thanksgiving. I know this is why I'm so weak and tired all the time but I just can't seem to eat much. I've been walking but maybe it's being 6-0 that's taking longer. My tummy is still tender and part is still numb from the epideral.

I've seemed to have picked up a cold and coughing kills me--both the chest and back. Plain and simple I'm a mess. Hope 2013 is better. Plus side I've lost 20 pounds.
Sharon
RA, OA, Fibramilgia, scleritis, hiatal hernia, GERD, cardiomyopathy, sleep apnea

dencha
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   Posted 12/29/2012 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sharon,
It's very common to have some foods get held back at he wrap site during the early weeks of healing.  There's no need to cough/retch it back up.  Instead, be sure to have some room temprature water, or even better, warm tea.  When something is held up at the wrap site, sip the tea.  It will relax the esophagus and help with the spasms caused by the hold-up. 
 
I rememer one time in the first months when we were eating in a restaurant and I stupidly ate a half a cherry tomato. I chewed it thoroughly, but it got stuck.  I didn't have a warm drink to help calm down he spasms, and it was very painful.  Still, after a few moments of real discomfort the tomato went through.  I discovered two things--cherry tomatoes don't chew completely, and I always needed to order tea, just in case!
 
My surgeon told me not to worry if something gets stuck...that it will go down eventually.  The panic you felt is the cause of the fact that you were a "mess".  It takes a full 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  You're at the one month mark.  You can see that you're at the very beginning of the healing process.
 
If your wrap is irritated from the experience, back off the foods a bit and move to an earlier stage.  Soft foods and liquids will work well until the swelling (that was likely made worse by the retching experience) calms down.  It will calm down.
 
Be sure to take small bites and chew, chew, chew.  Always have a beverage nearby--no iced drinks, though.  Sipping a warm liquid helps calm things down and get whatever is stuck through the wrap.
 
It will get better, don't worry!  The weight loss is very normal.  Don't worry, unfortunately it will return all too easily.
Happy New Year!
Hang in there,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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.”
Eckhart Tolle

Post Edited (dencha) : 12/29/2012 8:20:35 AM (GMT-7)


ladyinred
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   Posted 12/29/2012 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise.....I haven't tried any pop or anything other than water or tea although the surgeon said I could have wine for Christmas dinner...but never had any. I'm so nervous to try things now. I had some soup last night and that was tasty. Getting bored of my limited foods--which the Dr told me I could eat more it's just my own hesitation. I will make sure to have a cup of tea with all my meals, just in case.

Thanks for the words of wisdom and encouragement.

Happy New Year to you also!
Sharon
RA, OA, Fibramilgia, scleritis, hiatal hernia, GERD, cardiomyopathy, sleep apnea

dencha
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   Posted 12/29/2012 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sharon,
You can eat anything that chews to a liquid/creamy consistency.  Listen to your body, but don't limit yourself unnecessarily.  Take very small bites and chew, chew, chew. 
 
My surgeon actually set me free to eat that way at the Day 5-6 point.  I listened to my body, and of course the first few days ate mostly soup.  Things like saltine crackers chewed very easily. 
 
Really, it was just trial and error...at a restaurant I ate crepe manicotti and nibbled the crust off the breadsticks.  If something didn't chew to a liquid/creamy consistency, I didn't eat it.  I always kept a handy paper napkin or tissue to deposit foods that didn't chew competely.
 
You can eat a wide variety of foods.  If you take very small bites...even nibbles if it makes you feel more confident.  Relax.  You will do just fine.  Take a breath, then take a little bite.  Chew, chew, chew, chew, and you'll do just fine.
 
Eat and enjoy the flavors.  The time will come when you will be back to eating normally.  You'll always have to eat more slowly and chew more carefully, though.
 
Eat, drink, and be merry!
Happy New Year!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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.”
Eckhart Tolle
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