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alib6
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   Posted 9/6/2013 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi

What does the swelling feel like,I'm two weeks today and anything I try to eat swallow is just backing up in my throat,
I'm just trying warm liquids today but does sound like the peak swelling

Thank you
Ali

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/7/2013 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Ali-

Yep, you have hit the point we all dread. Go slow with your eating and if you need to back off to more of a liquid type diet. Remember to try and chew any soft foods to a liquid and wait about 30 seconds or so between bites. If you concentrate on it you can tell when it goes through the wrap or if it gets stuck.
It will get better!

Take care,
Bill
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alib6
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   Posted 9/7/2013 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you bill
Ali

dencha
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   Posted 9/7/2013 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ali,
Your description sounds exactly like peak swelling.  My surgeon told me that my swallowing would get gradually worse for the first two weeks before it got better, and it sounds like you're right on schedule.
 
Bill gave you great advice.  Just take it slow.  Small amounts.  Listen to your body.  This too, will pass, and you'll get better.  It just takes time.  Remember that your insides have been through a lot, and swelling is to be expected.
 
Hang in there!
Happy healing,
Denise
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alib6
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   Posted 9/7/2013 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise

Ian Victor
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   Posted 9/7/2013 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
All-- I always appreciate a preview--thanks. Ali-- Hope the swelling doesn't last too long.

txman4102
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   Posted 9/7/2013 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Ali,
 
I had a couple days of swelling but I am back to eating solids again. Hope you recover as fast as I did. Hope you feel better soon.
 
Rob

alib6
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   Posted 9/8/2013 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Ian and rob ,it feels ok today touch wood lol
Hope your both doing ok,
Rob do you eat everything now? I'm still eating quite a soft diet no lumps I might try a bit lumpy maybe tomorrow
Ali

txman4102
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   Posted 9/8/2013 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Ali,
 
I am eating bread now but staying away from beef and chicken. I had a veggie burger last night and it went down fine. I made sure I chewed really well...especially the bread. I have not tried raw veggies yet.....probably will not eat them (or beef and chicken) until the two month point.

alib6
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   Posted 9/8/2013 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Rob

Can you eat normal size portions now or still small and often?
I had porridge today that's fine but f I eat say half a cup of food or more it asks up in my throat.
I'm still eating small and often
Ali

dencha
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   Posted 9/8/2013 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Ali,

It is important to keep portions very small at your stage of recovery. My stomach felt full after a quarter to a third of a cup of food because of swelling. (The part of the stomach that sends fullness messages to the brain is swollen, and the brain interprets the swelling as fullness.)

There are a few people who don't get that message, and it is exceedingly important for them to monitor amounts of food themselves. You won't want to overfill your stomach. It puts pressure on the healing wrap and causes pain and discomfort.

I suspect you are getting backup in your esophagus. Tiny amounts, and waiting for enough swallows to get things through the wrap is the key at this point. Move back to liquids if things are backing up on you.

Your swelling will gradually decrease as you heal, so hang in there. This too, will pass!

Happy healing,
Denise

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"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

alib6
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   Posted 9/8/2013 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise x
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