2 days after surgery
My diet now is any liquid that has a consistency thin enough to flow through a straw -- without using a straw. Temperature extremes are uncomfortable, as is trying to drink or swallow too much.
I'm still experiencing some diarrhea and only recently started passing gas. Kinda the reverse of what I expected. Pain is pretty well controlled with Tylenol but I brought home an adequate amount of liquid hydrocodone. The problem with liquid Tylenol is that you have to drink a large volume to get to the 1000mg level -- and large volumes are not good. It takes about 4 sips to get the 2 tablespoons down. Plan ahead and get adult strength liquid because most of what is on the counter seems to be child strength which requires even more volume.
The pain is strange. Part if it resembles the muscle pain from doing way too many situps. That pain that concentrates right along the bottom of your rib cage. But there is another part that reminds me of a time when I accidently got too close to a batter and got a hard hit in the ribs more towards the back -- but this is on both sides. But it is tolerable. I'm too exhausted to do anything anyway.
I need to keep working on taking deep breaths. It's not comfortable, so there is a strong tendency to breath shallowly. I'm assuming that the deep breathing is helpful for getting rid of all of the CO2 they pump into you to open up the abdominal cavity. I'm still a little "inflated". My wife says I look like I'm about 7 months pregnant but I'm too old and the wrong sex for that.
So, overall, the first day after surgery is pretty much a lost day because of the anesthesia but that's to be expected. My second day I find I'm able to move around pretty well and am learning where the limits are.