So the deal with this tiny stomach is that the first couple of months are about healing and learning to eat again. The first week is clear liquids, then after about a week you can add liquids that are not clear (cream soups, runny mashed potatoes, etc) but are low in fiber and easy on your stomach. Slowly you progress through the stages of soft foods until you reach regular foods like anybody can eat, albeit in small tiny bites that you chew forever.
Right now, a little over two weeks out, my diet mainly consists of protein shakes made into smoothies via the Ninja blender. Protein shakes on their own have a weird texture, kind of slippery and just unnatural, and I’m not up for that. Like, at all.
One time when I was high school I was given Maalox for an upset stomach and the texture alone was enough to make me vomit. I stayed home from school that day and have never taken Maalox since. Then when the kids were little one of them picked up pinworms at the
germ farm elementary school. The whole family had to take banana flavored medicine that turned out to also have the slippery texture. We stood in a circle of Family Solidarity when we took it, all at once like we were doing shots at a sports bar, and I almost didn’t get it down and the children almost ended up wearing my little cup of yellow anthelmintic. We were supposed to take a second dose a week or two later, but after nearly throwing up from the first one I decided I’d rather take my chances with the pinworms. (I’m happy to report that I dodged that bullet).
Anyway, I’m not a huge fan of the protein shakes largely because of this, so imagine my delight when I tried throwing half a banana, a few frozen blueberries, and some ice cubes into the Ninja with one and the result was halfway palatable!
This morning I tried a caramel shake with some PB2 peanut butter powder and it wasn’t bad. I think I’m on to something here! Which is great because on our pre-op quest to find protein shakes that I could stand, we tried a bunch of different brands and flavors and still have a shitload of them in the pantry fridge. Smoothie fodder for weeks!
In other news, the five fun new scabs on my belly itch like hell. I’m not tempted to scratch them because I don’t need an infection but dear God, I can’t wait for this part to end.