I had surgery a week ago, and with all the research and reading I've done, I feel silly asking about food, but my anxiety is taking over, so here goes:
1. When can I progress from full liquids to soft foods? I went straight to full liquids right after surgery. (The hospital thinks Jello pudding is a full liquid; it is definitely not! Did not go down well the day after surgery.) For the past week I have been eating little more than apple sauce and tomato soup. My surgeon recommends the splat diet (you can eat it if it goes splat on the floor when you drop it) right after surgery, but no, no, no. Not going to push that.
2. Is it normal for cold liquids to go down differently than warm ones? I've had no issues with tomato soup moving into my stomach. Last night I had a glass of apple cider, which is thinner than soup. But it sat at the wrap for a second, which was followed by gurgling noises as it went down. My only guess is that warm things make the wrap relax a little and thus go in easier.
3. What's the deal with mashed potatoes? I have read that some people are having runny mashed potatoes almost immediately after surgery. Other things I have read say to stay away from them because they clump. (I am really craving something buttery right now and would love to have them, but not if it's going to mess anything up.)
4. On Thanksgiving day, I will be exactly 5 weeks out. My guess is that I will be able to eat things like cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie (without the crust). Any hope for deviled eggs, ham, or stuffing? (I know this question is ridiculous, and I will live if I can't have these foods, but I'm just curious.)
I know I am supposed to listen to my own body, but after all it has put me through over the past two years, I don't trust it at all!
Also, my wrap is tight and I cannot burp, but occasionally my body forces out a burp. Normal, right? I am driving myself crazy when these forced burps happen, thinking that I am somehow refluxing without knowing it (which is nuts because I could always feel it before) or that this is causing a lot of strain on the wrap.
Thanks for any responses or advice!