a update to: ICycle2
I’m writing this up-date as it hopefully could help other members or people doing research. I’m however not making a new thread as I feel members
heard enough of my situation by now and know others without medical problems are irritated by it.
So I am 4 weeks down the road and things are looking good. I’m now only monitoring my lower abdominal section, as this was a new concerned area
caused by my first operation in February 2017, which was quite a mess when they opened up. It still has it’s up and down days but hopefully will be
something of the past soon – the signs are there.
Things I did to help my recovery was based on the Rush University Medical Center’s “Instructions After Abdominal Surgery pdf” document found on
The following things what I did are not necessary correct and more a learning curve to adapt starting with my main concern around the piece of stomach
that also had to be removed.
Day 7-8 – stayed on a smooth to semi smooth diet but did introduce a low volume (teaspoon) of “Normacol” a mild anti-constipation agent.
Day 8 – unfortunately I had to drive myself. The drive with pillows was uncomfortable and shaky but had to be done as my arranged transport had a
problem. I did however make a pit-stop at a friend to cut the stress/pain of the trip.
Day 9 – my stomach worked (Normacol and/or shaking).
Day 11 – open the wound dressing to clean and dressed with Vaseline to help with dryness and sensitivity.
Day12 – stitches were removed. I was able to drive myself and walk upright by now and started too scaled down my pain medication. (be careful as
pain can have a very negative effect mentally that could affect healing)
Day 21 – abandoned pain medication. It was not always easy but showed me the true state of my condition without being subdued. I was able to work
out a beneficial diet as my body quickly told me how and what not to eat. I feel this was an important move because with my 3 in 1 Op I did need to
determine the conditions of the different areas. Struggle to walk upright again but accepted it for what I was trying to achieve.
Day 26 – temporary waking up without feeling discomfort or pain for the first time in many years. I stayed with the Vaseline for sensitivity of the
wound when needed (this is not a replacement for vitamin E).
Day 27 – My stomach begins to tolerate coffee
Things I find that works for me:
Honey and Cinnamon mix – 2x/day
Lots of cold water (small amounts at a time)
Toasted cheese (mild) and tomato sandwiches (this really worked well for me)
Mash potatoes with fish or chicken (small pieces in a mild matching gravy)
Plain brown bread toast with Sardines (I like the smoked ones)
Plain brown bread toast with scrabbled eggs
Plain brown bread toast with peanut butter
Plain brown bread toast with liver spread
Pro-Nutro (Fortified cereal) with milk or cold water without sugar
Pure fruit juices (I did not try pineapple or any strong juice that could possibly irritate my stomach)
Yogurt (small amounts at a time only)
Eating 5-6 times a day but small portions
Things that did not work for me up to now:
My beloved strong coffee and/or tea for that matter
Condiments (most of them)
To big pieces of anything
Staying on my own (making mashed potatoes took a lot out of me). The main thing is that I cannot stand or sit upright for long periods at a time
Acrobatic sex (not on – rather be spoiled) – sorry but my humour is coming back
Idleness as my red ant genes want to get busy
Hopefully my stomach will stabilize as I want to have a braai (BBQ) at the end of week 6 and have a beer. Will however listen to the body
And I thought I was not overweight. My skin started making, these funny wrinkles as I started loosing weight/fat but I actually like this slimmed
down body. My blood pressure problems also seem to be something of the past