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1st week post op food ideas? 1st week post op food ideas?

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Unread 02-07-2008, 12:19 PM
1st week post op food ideas?

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if you could give me some food option ideas.

I'm on my 3rd day post op. I am passing gas, but still no BM. I don't have a HUGE appetite, but am noticing I'm wanting more of a variety of food today. So far, I've been eating crackers, cream of wheat, cream of chicken soup, and toast... and then liquids (water and apple juice). I was told to do a diet something like this until I start having a BM. I don't want any heavy food or hard to digest food in my body yet.

But, i'm starting to get really sick of eating crackers, toast, cream of wheat and cream of chicken soup.

What other kinds of things can I eat at this stage that will be easy on the digestive system since it's still "waking up"? Waht about pasta? Is that too heavy? For some reason, I'm kind of wanting macaroni and cheese. haha.

anyway, if you could suggest other foods that are really easy on the digestive system at this point in recovery, that'd be great.

And, i'm assuming once I start having BM's, then I can move to more "solid" type foods??


ps. how long do most people stay at the point where I am at now (only passing gas, but no BM yet)?
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Unread 02-07-2008, 12:30 PM
1st week post op food ideas?

I am glad to see your surgery went well. I think I have talked to you before. I am also a runner. I am 2 weeks post op and am walking and stretching - very light exercise, YAY!
I have been eating a lot of soup. Healthy Choice and Progresso have some really good flavors. I also eat a lot of yogurt and oatmeal and at least 2 servings of fruit a day. I try to limit my breads and pastas, but I use smaller portions if that's what I want. I used stool softener the first few days and I have also been drinking a metamucil every day - it's natural fiber and good for you, if you can stomach the taste. I think I had my first BM at day 3 or 4. I ate whatever I felt like having the first week - I had surgery on Wed and I had hotdogs for lunch on Friday. I have not eaten as much as I normally eat. My appetite came back pretty quick after surgery, but I am trying to really watch my diet until I can resume full activities again.
Hope that gives you some ideas...I am sure you're getting tired of cream of wheat...yuck!!!
Unread 02-07-2008, 12:50 PM
1st week post op food ideas?

I had a LOT of salads, jello with fruit, soup, light pasta dishes, frequent small meals and lots of walking, didn't have a BM for 4 days and the first one HURT but got easier from there. Used stool softener until BM and off narcotic pain meds - going to Ibuprofen only really helped. Hang in there and Happy Healing!!
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Unread 02-07-2008, 12:59 PM
1st week post op food ideas?

Let's see - I ate (am still eating) salad, angelhair pasta, cereal, oatmeal, an occasional turkey sandwich (lunchmeat - which I never ate pre-op), spinach, kale, and soup.

Most of these things were not on my pre-op eating plan.
Unread 02-07-2008, 01:14 PM
1st week post op food ideas?

I agree with the rest of the ladies... eat lightly, drink lots of fluids and keep walking... I used an OTC Phillips Stool softener from Walgreens. Took it at night and by morning... voila... You'll feel more like eating when things get moving.
Unread 02-07-2008, 01:55 PM
1st week post op food ideas?

mashed potatoes,,i get the country crock ones in the refrigerated dept. at store,,really good,,take 5 minutes and you can put some shredded cheese on them ,,i also put crumbled breakfast sausage and fried corn on the mashed potatoes,,breakfast bowl i call it kind of like a mashed potato bowl from kfc,,,i do love them,,
Unread 02-10-2008, 07:58 AM
1st week post op food ideas?

hi ladies - great to meet other girls who like to be active (im still new and on my way to find yoga / fitness links!)

foodwise my appetite has been slim to none both days but i've tried to get really vitamin rich food in me.

My total fave...smoothies. I make mine with non fat / unsugared yoghurt so its great for proteins and happy bacteria and added blackberries and OJ to up the antioxidants. I'm vegetarian so I tossed in some protein powder to aid the healing and its about the only thing i've had that hasn't made me feel way over full.
Unread 02-10-2008, 08:22 AM
1st week post op food ideas?

Hi Lovestorun,
I haven't been shy about the fiber. You need some bulk to have something to pass, and fiber holds water so the stool stays loose and easy to move. I haven't had much of an appetite and am still on pain meds so I'm trying to make the things I do eat count. I'm still using about 1/4 dose of Milk of Magnesia to help things along about every other day. It seems to take about 2 days to build up enough for me to need to go, but it is fine when I do.
Hang in there!
Unread 02-10-2008, 08:31 AM
1st week post op food ideas?

Hi Lovestorun!

All the juices that start with the letter "p" have a laxative effect. - Pear, prune, pineapple, papaya etc.

I took a stool softener every day for a couple of weeks. Gas-X really helped to alleviate those nasty air bubbles. I ate pretty much what I wanted when I felt up to it. I didn't have a BM for the first five days. It's pretty typical that it takes a while for your intestines to decide to do the cha cha again.

Keep drinking lots of fluids and taking short walks. You'll be back in the Charmin in no time. Glad to hear you're doing so well.

Unread 02-10-2008, 08:36 AM
1st week post op food ideas?


This ia one aspect that I am not having an issue with so I thought i would share what I am doing. 5 years ago I had my thyroid removed (so lots of narcotics etc). One trick i was taught at that stage to help with constipation is the following mixture ( which I love and consider a treat to eat)

1 tsp Oat Bran cereal mixed with 1 tsp Prune Juice and 1 tsp apple sauce. Stir and eat! YUMMM!

I eat this after breakfast and dinner and have been having bowel movements since the day after I got home and started eating it. A nurse told me about this and I have shared it with lots of thyroid cancer patients in the past. The one problem is that it gives you a very soft stool - so ther is nothing for your muscels to grab onto - so you do have to sit there a while longer passing everything - but that and a miorning cup of coffe has kept me regurlar since the day after starting to eat this. I did ask my doctor if they had a probelm with me using this instead of drugs (I HATE drugs) and they said go for it - they saw nothing wrong with the contents of the recipe. Ihave heard of others just eating a double mixture once a day - so that could also be tried.

Good luck..a dn I hope I answered the question as now I cannot remember what it was...oh yeah - I am eating bran cereal for breakfast; ham sandwiches for lunch, pretzels for snal and plain grilled chicken breast with plain pasta spirals for dinner.


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