Bill hit the nail on the head! At 22 days you're just at the very beginning of a recovery that lasts 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. I found improvements into the second year.
I started on solids at Day 6, when my surgeon told me I could eat "anything that could be chewed to a liquid". You should be taking very small bites, and chew, chew, chew, chewing your foods into "oblivion". They should be a creamy liquid consistency before swallowing.
Don't eat anything that doesn't chew completely, to a liquid/creamy consistency. There are many, many things that chew really well, so just experiment. I kept a paper napkin handy to deposit those things that didn't pass the chew test!
Certain things just don't chew well...for example, mozzarella cheese, and untoasted breads. My surgeon told me no sandwiches, untoasted bread, or steak for 8 weeks. That was just a guideline.
The most important thing is to take small bites and chew, chew, chew.
Hang in there...as you heal, things will improve. Also, at 22 days, you're still pretty close to "peak swelling". My surgeon told me that my swallowing would get worse before it got better, and that my wrap would become increasingly more swollen over the first two to three weeks.
Also, I can identify with the fact that when you swallow something that isn't creamy/liquid, and it irritates the wrap, that irritation will persist for a while. During the first one to two years, my wrap didn't like too much raw veggies or large salads. When I ate too much of them, my wrap would become irritated and that irritation would last quite a while. I'm 5 years post op, and for the last few years, I can eat as much salad and raw veggies as I like without a problem.
Hang in there...it gets better! If you can surrender to your recovery and accept what is
you'll find things much easier. As much as you'd like to eat solid foods with abandon, you're not there yet. Surrender to your recovery and follow its lead. Give your body permission to heal in its own sweet time! It'll thank you! Struggling against the reality of your recovery won't make it go any faster. You can't rush this. Just go with the flow!Happy healing,
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Post Edited (dencha) : 7/10/2014 3:02:10 PM (GMT-6)