David's Nissen Journey ~Surgery 11/1 Part 2 of 2

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stkitt
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   Posted 12/1/2013 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
David's Nissen Journey ~ Surgery 11/1 Part 1 of 2  link =
 
 
 
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   Posted 12/1/2013 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Posted by David  Posted Today 2:39 PM (GMT -6)  
 
I'm extremely impressed with where I'm at now, it just dawned on me that usually I'd be hovering over the sink "burping" up liquids and foods I'd be eating along the way. I ate some eggs and canadian bacon, some pumpkin pie, and some juice, and not even once had I needed to hover over the sink. Nothing has been getting stuck in any big way. I still eat all paranoid like, and take really small bites and chew a lot, but that's because I still know if I were to over do it it would probably get stuck still. But the fact that I can eat all this and get it down is huge.
  

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   Posted 12/1/2013 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
 Tony Posted Today 2:47 PM (GMT -6) 
 
Glad to hear you're doing so well! We told you it would get better! Keep chewing and eating slow. I overdid it on thanksgiving and am still paying for it. I won't be overrating again...that's what happens when you feel great and don't worry about what you're eating. Glad that holiday only comes around once a year!!
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Diaas2
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   Posted 12/1/2013 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
One Month:

Thanks Kitt,
For making the part two of my nissen journey.

Tony,
Thanks..Yeah, be careful. I can see how it would be easy to over do it especially on thanksgiving. We would all be even more obese if thanksgiving came every month.

I found some weird thick white spots on the back of my tongue today. Not sure what that's all about. Today marks exactly the one month anniversary of my nissen surgery.

StephanieJean
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   Posted 12/1/2013 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
One month already. I can not believe it!
Stephanie
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Diaas2
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   Posted 12/2/2013 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Me either.. So I have found that it is easy to get carried away with the eating, and that just because I can swallow something, doesn't mean I should. I've found I can get almost anything, minus whole fruits and vegetables past my wrap, also beef for some reason has a hard time getting past too. I tried this taco bell triple chicken flat bread last night, I'm still working on eating the first eighth of it. It gets stuck for a while before it goes down. Really small bites, lots of chewing. Otherwise for sure gets stuck, but eventually goes down, unless it was a big bite.

Chex mix peanut butter and chocolate muddy buddies has 585 calories per bag. Those things are easy to eat. A girl I know gave me a hug and said it was just weird that I'm so thin. I'm not at all worried about over eating. It's impossible. Still no where near 2000 calories a day. Eating is still an all day thing. Never stop eating.

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   Posted 12/2/2013 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
beef is difficult. I can eat it, but sometimes I feel like I dont want to swallow it, if that makes any sense.
I feel like I have the most problem with bread. I am not out anything by cutting it out though. It just wont digest right and I think even though it will go down past my wrap, it irritates it.

Just keep taking it easy with the food.
Are you taking vitamins?

Diaas2
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   Posted 12/2/2013 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
What you're saying does make sense about the beef. I think I know what you mean.

Since I don't eat a ton of any one thing in particular, I'm sure there's room for finding down the road that bread or some other things could be more irritating than what I'm finding now in larger amounts.

I think I'm excited that I'm able to eat more, so I'm out finding out what my new limits are, and then back off right away on things I find still don't work. It's like a continuous adjustment because my abilities are changing constantly. In reality I probably should go back to some softer foods, for some reason mashed potatoes are harder to get down than I thought. Unless it was with a ton of butter and sour cream. But still.

No one told me that I should be taking vitamins, but it makes sense that I should.. I haven't even tried taking pills yet. I could very well be able to get them down, just don't know yet for the lack of trying. Are you taking vitamins? If you are, what kind are you taking?

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   Posted 12/2/2013 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
One month already??? wow!

I'm not having trouble with any foods, except bread, occasionally - I still eat it, just slowly. At home, I toast it.

I've been taking gummy vitamins and the fiber supplement. They are like a sweet treat following a meal. :) I didn't take multi-vitamins prior to surgery, but I did start soon after. I'll finish the bottles.

I wonder how Marcus and Brandy are doing.
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Diaas2
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   Posted 12/2/2013 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I must be a bad forum member to not know who Marcus and Brandy are. I'm going to have to fix this.

Gummy vitamins, of course.. yes I will get some of these from Costco. Too bad they tend to be child doses. Not that it hurts to have more of them.

I'm glad you can eat with out too many troubles! Makes sense about the bread. I do eat it, just not a lot of it.

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   Posted 12/2/2013 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, Ill also add that this morning when I woke up I had no phlegm coming up that I needed to clear my throat of or cough up, also no coughing in general in the morning. This has never happened before. Don't get me wrong, I still clear my throat a bit throughout the day a times, but waking up in the morning and getting out of bed, especially while in the shower and getting out is usually the worst of my symptoms the whole day. This is definitely refreshing.

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   Posted 12/2/2013 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Good news! I still have a ton of that crud. Pneumonia has now lead to a sinus infection - so now it's coming down the back of my throat as well as up from my esophagus. grrrrrr

I bought my gummy vitamins as Sams Club, they are adult version. Costco probably has the same stuff. The brand is Vitafusion.
Laurie
Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 10, 2013

StephanieJean
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   Posted 12/2/2013 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I take centrum chewables. They are not gummy-I hate gummies and I think they are kind of hard to swallow, I like the sweet tart consistancy of the centrum ones. and they are orange and taste good. I take a b chewable and d chewable as well. I got them all on amazon.

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   Posted 12/4/2013 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I'll give both kinds a try.. orange isn't my favorite flavor but I'm sure there are lots of kinds. I have a Sams Club card too. Haven't been going to Sams as much, but it would be a good excuse to make use of the Sams too. (There isn't a costco in Akron, just Sams)

That sucks with the Pneumonia, Laurie.. is it getting any better?

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   Posted 12/4/2013 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all-

Remember that soft bread and solid meats are the last things you introduce back into your diet because they can get stuck easily. Ground meats and toasted bread is the way to go right now. Chicken and beef are the most problematic too. The leaner it is the worse it is.

Good to hear you all are getting on so well. Just think back to your 1st week and where you are now. It's amazing how our bodies can heal and adjust.

Take care,
Bill
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Diaas2
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   Posted 12/4/2013 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill,

I'll try to keep all that out, I find that ground beef doesn't work out very well, shredded chicken combined with sour cream seems to go down better, but honestly most of them take a whole lot of patience.

It's still weird that I rarely get hungry. For example the food I brought with me to work hasn't gone down well, so I put it aside and haven't eaten much today. What I do feel is the physical pain from the lack of food being in my stomach. Normal hunger pains just don't exist anymore. I mean I do somewhat feel hungry, but not to the point where I have to stop everything I'm doing and go eat, because I'm so hungry. Not even moderate hunger pains. Just really small ones that I could ignore. I KNOW when I need to eat food, but it just doesn't feel the same.

Post Edited (Diaas2) : 12/4/2013 2:09:02 PM (GMT-7)


lajenner
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   Posted 12/4/2013 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Those hunger/no hunger feelings work themselves out. At my point in recovery - it all seems normal. Hang in there - you are doing well!
Laurie
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StephanieJean
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   Posted 12/5/2013 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I had that hunger pain issue too. somewhere along the way mine became normal again also.
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Diaas2
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   Posted 12/5/2013 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad to hear that. Thanks guys! You're right, all things considered I'm actually doing really well. You just never know what to expect or what's normal.

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   Posted 12/6/2013 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Five weeks.

We had a Christmas party at work, they brought in boston market, so I was able to try all the chicken and mashed potatoes. There was candy too, like chocolate. I ate the chicken and mashed potatoes all really well. I never once got anything stuck. I ate half the chicken I got and half of the mashed potatoes with gravy, and then got really full. Things are going down a lot easier, just not like the open the hatch and be able to take huge bites and eat quickly like I used to be able to do. They had liquor and beer too, none of that was an issue either. Things I avoided were the fruits and vegetables. That stuff would be really pushing it with all the pulp still.

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   Posted 12/9/2013 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you drink beer?
Stephanie
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   Posted 12/9/2013 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I did.. and also some vodka and cranberry juice. These things aren't too bad, just limited by how quickly I can drink and the sheer amount. If anything is really foamy, some days I may end up regurgitating all that foam. I can burp up the carbonation from anything carbonated, but still slow sips and small burps. Part of what makes it hard to get food down is this need to burp exactly as food is touching my wrap as it tries to go down. So it's like the food gets suspended for a moment until I can burp right at the moment the food tries to pass my wrap. It's uncomfortable. Air wants to come back up as the wrap opens for food to go down.

Just because I can eat all this stuff doesn't mean I can combine foods with different textures either. Food would easily get stuck if I ate bread and meat together, but eat them by themselves and chew like crazy I can get it all down, with things occasionally getting stuck along the way. My wrap has been extra swollen today so eating has been a bit more difficult.

Post Edited (Diaas2) : 12/9/2013 11:52:58 AM (GMT-7)


StephanieJean
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   Posted 12/9/2013 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I know exactly what you mean! That happens all the time when I take my vitamins.
They sit there and the pressure of the gas on my wrap keeps them at the wrap site sometimes.

Diaas2
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   Posted 12/10/2013 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Has that been getting better for you over time?

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   Posted 12/10/2013 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
well, yes and no. I should be more strict with my diet and I think its my fault, but being so strict and eating no grains or carbs is really hard.
its kind of depressing.
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