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.