Wednesday, February 2, 2011

60-Days Post Op - and BREAD!

As a low carber (for nearly 7 years), bread is rarely on my menu anyway. I eat a low carb, homemade version of it for toast and occasional sandwich (never been a big sandwich eater), but occasionally I will eat "real" bread, from the store, as long as it has 6gN/slice or less...I just don't care for everything they put into it, and try to avoid wheat where possible.

So. My surgeon had said that I shouldn't try to eat bread for a long time - I don't recall how long but I remember thinking that it wouldn't be a big deal since it isn't a regular part of my diet anyway, and I had his approval for my home made, grain-free version anyway.

I had tried toast a few weeks ago, with no problem. And today I had bread (the store-bought low carb version). I really REALLY wanted a burger with ketchup, it was the wee hours of the morning and I wasn't up to making my usual homemade kind, and there were 2 slices of bread left. I decided it was a good time to try bread.

I ate it carefully, swallowing only small bites, and not drinking a lot of my beverage with it. (Doc said the problem with bread is how much it swells up after it is swallowed.) I had no problem with sticking, and it didn't cause any discomfort afterward.

I was pleased. The only thing I haven't yet tried is raw vegetables, other than cole slaw; Dr. Fourman had told me I could try them "maybe after a year" - although he said that cole slaw would be ok now. I'll probably take that literally, and maybe try them at Christmastime this year :).

Anyway, I know I can't ever have carbonated beverages, no great loss to me since I've never been much of a pop drinker, so I don't even consider them. I was interested in the bread thing, though, and will be beyond thrilled when I can eat raw veggies again - no matter how long it takes.

So now, 2 months post op, I'm pretty much eating everything I want. I'm still very careful to chew thoroughly, and have had a few things get stuck when I didn't. It is a miserable feeling but it passes...

One other thing: I had mentioned bellyaches last week, and that I was planning to try taking the protonix every morning again. I did that, and it has solved that problem. No bellyaches or discomfort since.

I'm really pleased at how good I feel and how I can eat, and the lack of all the issues that have plagued me for years.

1 comment:

  1. This is an answer to prayer and I thank God that you are doing so well. Was there ever any doubt? I dunno, but I thank Him. You also deserve much credit for taking such good care of yourself.