Week 2 post NF. I'm soooo hungry

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Quest2013
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Date Joined Oct 2013
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   Posted 11/7/2013 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm drinking protein shakes and soups several times a day but it is not the same as eating solid food. I'm hungry all the time confused

dencha
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   Posted 11/8/2013 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Quest,
Did your surgeon recommend a strictly liquid diet for a particular reason?  Unless you have a unique structural issue that requires the liquids, you could really add some things you can chew.  The only thing is that you have to only swallow things you've chewed to a liquid consistency.  Take small bites and chew, chew, chew.  Your teeth will be your blender.  It's amazing how just chewing is so much more satisfying that liquids.
 
Here's a link to an eating resource that you might find helpful.
 
Here is another one that I can't get to work as a link, but can be copied and pasted into your browser:
 
During (at least) the first two weeks after surgery your wrap will become increasingly more swollen, which is why surgeons often put patients on very strict liquid diets to avoid problems.  My surgeon had me on a liquid diet in the hospital and sent me home on a soft diet with the directions that I should eat only foods that could be chewed to a liquid consistency (but no untoasted bread or steak).  There is really no difference between actually taking a small bite and using your teeth/mouth as a blender to chew your food to "baby food consistency" and eating baby food, except that it's much more enjoyable!
 
If you decide you're ready to try you hand at using your mouth as a blender, just remember...think about what you're doing.  Chew your food carefully and thoroughly and don't swallow anything that doesn't chew to a liquid/creamy consistency.  Keep some room temperature water handy to sip while you're eating.  If you like tea, it's a good way to relax the esophagus and assist in swallowing.  Keep a paper napkin handy and deposit any foods that don't chew thoroughly. Don't swallow them. 
 
If something gets "stuck" don't panic.  It's fine.  Just relax and sip some water or tea.  It'll go down. You will likely get a little spasm/discomfort, but it's nothing to worry about.
 
Just listen to your body.  If your wrap is very swollen be extra careful with your food choices.  Some soups contain a variety of ingredients.  Use  your head as to what can be swallowed.  On Day 6 my husband and I stopped at Friendly's and I had clam chowder and saltines.  I didn't eat the clams, obviously, but enjoyed the broth and well cooked, soft potatoes and veggies.  Use good judgment, and you'll do just fine.
 
Happy eating!
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Post Edited (dencha) : 11/8/2013 8:39:41 PM (GMT-7)

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