The one thing I was fully aware of but not really prepared for was the post op diet.
I was told all about it and how not to rush myself into eating properly. Basically the diet goes as follows….
- First 2 weeks is completely liquid based.
- Then you move to what is basically mush food, mashed potatoes seriously over cooked pasta (bearing in mind you’re never hungry and can literally only eat a couple of spoons and be full).
- Then after that (approx 4 weeks post op) you can be eating soft foods and stuff that isn’t too tough to eat
- Then finally you can go back to eating normal textures etc.
Now during the recovery period the help and support from the carers and Emma was fantastic. The first “proper meal” I told the nurses in the hospital I was going to have was fish and chips.
My mate went to the chip shop and brought me a tray of chips. After 4 chips I was sick, vomiting everywhere. I knew eating stuff like his wasn’t going to be easy and I knew I shouldn’t have had them. But when you’ve had food for over 10 weeks that you don’t like or enjoy you’ve got to try your luck haven’t you.
Since then the most I can eat is a small plate of food. And even then I don’t always finish it. I didn’t think I’d get used to that. But I am fine with it now. I can pretty much eat what I want to eat but just not in the ginormous portion sizes I used to.
Now my diet is far from perfect. I still love chocolate and all the foods that are bad. I just don’t have them often at all. I mainly eat chicken, lean meats, peas (I love them now) mushrooms and cooked onions, amongst other things..
The one thing that still astounds me is how little I feel hunger now. I literally have to remind myself to eat a lot of the time. Not that it’s a bad thing.
Looking back on how far I’ve come in such a short space of time (under 3 years) it scares me. It scares me to think what would’ve happened if I didn’t get help when I did.
I set myself targets, targets that I feel are realistic for me. Ideally by this time next year (September 2018) I’ll be in a job, be taking my driving lessons and be a fully functioning member of society again.
Next post will be back to my journey. But I felt I’d missed the diet side of things post op.