1 week post op
I've been able to get off all pain meds, even Tylenol. I followed instructions early to keep a good level of Tylenol going (1000mg every 6 hours) and use the heavier stuff if needed. I hadn't used any of the heavy stuff for a couple days so tried missing the Tylenol doses. Voila!! Nothing changed without Tylenol -- a good thing. It's still not easy swallowing capsules or caplets, so I don't miss that.
When I talked with the nurse this morning I asked about activity levels and what I could be doing physically other than sitting around, walking , and getting bored. She reminded me that even though it looks like the incisions are healing nicely, there are a lot of sutures still slowly dissolving and new scar tissue being formed internally that need to be protected. Having to repair a repair is not a good thing so she just said to chill and let my body heal. I was hoping for some kind of a magic solution -- no such luck. I am going to keep my diet really restricted just to be nice to the repairs and the surrounding area. A few extra days of ensure and boost might just keep the repair as strong and as normal-acting as possible long-term.
If you are thinking about the surgery, I still think it was the right thing -- no gerd, no meds, no sinus drainage, no coughing since the surgery