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Just in my first post op week. How long can I go before I can drink out of a straw again?

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I'm almost 4 months out and drank out of a straw last week with no problem.

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Some docs don't care about straws at all. The concern is for swallowing air and taking big gulps. Personally, I found I could control my sips better through a straw.

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Probably very early out you can tolerate drinking with one ... But ask your team about it

I used to be a big rebel and avid straw sipper, these days I dropped the straw because my (new) Surgeon demanded it.

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wow..demanded it. I know most of us are told not to..but before I even started this journey I started using straws as a barrier for my teeth which suddenly don't handle cold sensations as well. When I started on this journey I tried to make a habit out of tiny sips..and using my tongue to block the straw..almost as a dosing system.

OK, I know that probably sounds all kind of weird. No one could tell I was doing it. I've been missing my big -generic Yeti Water containers that I had a plastic straw (reusable) that I adored. I love having a huge cup with a lid as I have 3 cats and if they even spot an open cup from 100 yards away, you can blink and suddenly there is a furry head drinking your finest filtered water.

Now I'm having to remove the lid off the cup I'm currently using & try to bring it to my mouth to take small sips..usually with a cat cuddled on my chest...and they are like "what do you have there"..then their bobbing and weaving heads get in the way of me trying to drink and I end up spilling water...ok..see, I've talked myself into it..it is for safety and the ability to keep hydrated that I should be allowed to have my big girl cup back WITH a STRAW.

Sigh..I'll keep being compliant for now (sans straw)...I did manage to frustrate my cats by pouring water into those little disposable 2 oz containers with lids. I swear they have expressions and they were not amused..but I got my water...2 oz's @ a time.

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I've found that if sipping from a straw slowly and concentrating on what I'm doing I can drink from it without swallowing too much air. But for the most part I've just given them up. Better for the environment anyways, right?

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I started using a straw a little bit at about 4 months out. I rarely use it now but on occasion.

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My surgeon never told me to avoid straws. In fact, I believe I may have had one in the hospital right after surgery. Knowing that it could lead to swallowing air or taking gulps that were too big, I took it upon myself to only sip.

Since then, I haven't avoided them but I don't go out of my way to use them.

However, recently I have developed an affinity for my Yeti topper with a straw. I like having it keep my drink cool in the evenings as I sip away.

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As I recall, I used them in the hospital, in those little juice boxes. As you can see, this is one of those things that some docs make a big deal about and others don't have any problem. It seems to be another case where if it bothers you (like sucking in too much air - don't try to get that last drop!), don't do it, and if it doesn't, then it isn't hurting anything.

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Some docs don't care about straws at all. The concern is for swallowing air and taking big gulps. Personally, I found I could control my sips better through a straw.
I remember my Gastro in Macon,GA. telling me about that 7 year ago. I think my biggest problem will be having to get myself used to putting my girl or spoon down between bites.

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wow..demanded it. I know most of us are told not to..but before I even started this journey I started using straws as a barrier for my teeth which suddenly don't handle cold sensations as well. When I started on this journey I tried to make a habit out of tiny sips..and using my tongue to block the straw..almost as a dosing system.
OK, I know that probably sounds all kind of weird. No one could tell I was doing it. I've been missing my big -generic Yeti Water containers that I had a plastic straw (reusable) that I adored. I love having a huge cup with a lid as I have 3 cats and if they even spot an open cup from 100 yards away, you can blink and suddenly there is a furry head drinking your finest filtered water.
Now I'm having to remove the lid off the cup I'm currently using & try to bring it to my mouth to take small sips..usually with a cat cuddled on my chest...and they are like "what do you have there"..then their bobbing and weaving heads get in the way of me trying to drink and I end up spilling water...ok..see, I've talked myself into it..it is for safety and the ability to keep hydrated that I should be allowed to have my big girl cup back WITH a STRAW.
Sigh..I'll keep being compliant for now (sans straw)...I did manage to frustrate my cats by pouring water into those little disposable 2 oz containers with lids. I swear they have expressions and they were not amused..but I got my water...2 oz's @ a time.
I plan on taking one if my large coffee mugs for hot water for when I sip on chamomile and peppermint teas since I have to give up coffee.

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wow..demanded it. I know most of us are told not to..but before I even started this journey I started using straws as a barrier for my teeth which suddenly don't handle cold sensations as well. When I started on this journey I tried to make a habit out of tiny sips..and using my tongue to block the straw..almost as a dosing system.
OK, I know that probably sounds all kind of weird. No one could tell I was doing it. I've been missing my big -generic Yeti Water containers that I had a plastic straw (reusable) that I adored. I love having a huge cup with a lid as I have 3 cats and if they even spot an open cup from 100 yards away, you can blink and suddenly there is a furry head drinking your finest filtered water.
Now I'm having to remove the lid off the cup I'm currently using & try to bring it to my mouth to take small sips..usually with a cat cuddled on my chest...and they are like "what do you have there"..then their bobbing and weaving heads get in the way of me trying to drink and I end up spilling water...ok..see, I've talked myself into it..it is for safety and the ability to keep hydrated that I should be allowed to have my big girl cup back WITH a STRAW.
Sigh..I'll keep being compliant for now (sans straw)...I did manage to frustrate my cats by pouring water into those little disposable 2 oz containers with lids. I swear they have expressions and they were not amused..but I got my water...2 oz's @ a time.
My two cars will keep me company when I get back home from the hospital.

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