Not quite what I thought

When Hubby decided he was going for this operation to sort out his reflux, he’d done a lot of research beforehand. The way his case has been handled leaves much to be desired, but it’s done now and we are slowly getting his diet sorted.

We understood he would have to be on a liquid diet for a while, gradually introducing solids and normal foods. We invested in a blender which has been a godsend, and bought the liquid supplements of Complan and Ensure for the initial period after surgery.
I naively thought it would later be a case of preparing basic meals and whizzing them into liquid form, but it hasn’t turned out like that………….. at all.

We were expecting some weight loss, but I was not prepared for how much, which since surgery is over ten pounds. Our idea and plans of filling him with high carb, high fat and high sugar foods to compensate has, to be completely honest, fallen flat.
Before all this, too much sugar would set off IBS and on reading various articles on the internet, sugary food stuffs would definitely not be a good idea at this stage either.

The liquid diet was producing liquid of another dimension which was causing major concerns following severe constipation. We have sought professional advice and hopefully rectified that problem now.
Hubby has had several of his liquid meals, discovering they are both better made with water than milk as it seems he cannot tolerate milk at the moment, even in tea. This we had not anticipated and hopefully is only temporary.
We have progressed over the last few days to mashed potato, fish (failure actually), porridge, vegetable stew (minus carrots) blended to a thick broth, scrambled eggs, shortbread biscuits as they melt in the mouth, rusks, ice cream, milkshakes (made with ‘angel delight’ powder and water), custard and yogurt.

It’s strange territory. Things we’d taken for granted are now a calculated and educated guess as to whether they’ll be digestible or not, and tomorrow I shall be making tuna fishcakes, which being mainly mashed potatoes should be OK, but we shall see.
Eating little and often is all well and good, but that’s not as easy as it sounds after this kind of surgery. We will get there as we’re a good team and can work through most things.
For myself, I’ve had something hot every day, usually bacon and mushrooms in a roll of some kind with mayo as it’s quick, easy and filling. Hubby is so looking forward to the time when he can join me (minus the mayo). Surprisingly I have lost a couple of pounds.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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34 Responses to Not quite what I thought

  1. cagedunn says:

    Anything high carb, including sugar, takes too long (or makes the stomach work too hard) to digest. Some fats are good to help with constipation, but it’s also different for every person (I ended up with coconut oil blended in with coffee to help with that). I couldn’t tolerate dairy products for about six months, and still can’t cope with any of the low-fat variety (no idea why). Protein eaten without carbs is faster to digest, but not necessarily easier on the stomach without fat!
    I hope things go well and smooth from here, and wish you both well.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    I can’t understand why the hospital have not been more helpful, no advice no plan, no diet sheet. Sounds like when I came out with cholosectomy drain and bag with no advice sheet, no one told me if or how to flush it out, no change of bag, it had to last three months! I really empathize, luckily like us you guys are a good team. If you need help get on to your surgery. No wonder you have lost weight Di it’s stressful. Be safe both of you ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I’ve only lost a couple of pounds and need to lose more, but Hubby has lost over a stone since surgery on top of the stone plus before. He’s seeing the GP this afternoon. Not who we want, but a GP nonetheless.
      As for the hospital where he had his op, they still have not sent his notes through. We are taking it up.
      On a different note:
      Dog diet. What was the name of that dog food for elderly dogs you recommended. We need to find some. Thanks

  3. I still don’t understand why they didn’t give you better dietary information. Glad you are bumping your way through. He may be temporarily lactose intolerant for milk at least for now.

  4. Itโ€™s nit an easy diet to follow. Alien to what the body is accustomed to.

  5. PaperKutzs says:

    I hope he feels better soon๐Ÿคž

  6. Sadje says:

    Weight loss happens after a major surgery! Youโ€™re right it will be a journey of discovery for you.

  7. Sending good energy for finding foods that your hubby enjoys and can eat.

  8. murisopsis says:

    The weight loss is inevitable on a liquid diet. Hope he can stabilize and get enough healthy calories…

  9. Wishing you good luck finding what works well for hubby’s wants and needs.

  10. scifihammy says:

    The lack of information you were given about this op is ridiculous. You have had to sort everything out for yourselves. I hope you’ll find more variety of foods to eat as the days go by. I’m not surprised you’ve also lost weight, with all the stress! Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Have you considered a juicer? Juicing fresh, nutrient rich fruits and vegetables while may still produce weight loss (this will reverse once solids resume) will also give him super concentrated, high impact vitamins and minerals. Also, how does he feel about Avacado? Avocado is the ultimate super food. It’s possibly the only food that you could completely survive, healthily and solely on having every all the vitamins, minerals plus healthy fat that tour body needs. Bonus, it’s easy on the tummy.

    • Hi Laura. Thanks for tips but he cannot eat too much in the line of fresh fruit for other reasons but the stew I made was all veg so good and nutritious. The blender is great and we have some food supplements in Complan and Ensure, plus he is grinding up multi vitamin tablets which he had been taking before. It’s all swings and roundabouts so we are playing it by ear. Like me he hates avocado! We have had success with tuna fishcakes today. Tomorrow shepherd’s pie!!

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