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I had my first "learning experience" yesterday. I frequently make a big pan of roasted vegetables (mini potatoes, sweet peppers, onion, mushrooms) for a side dish. I had successfully eaten small amounts prior. However, yesterday's veggies were not as well-cooked. I thought I was taking small bites and chewing well. The joke was on me! I should have stopped at the first twinge of discomfort but I thought it would pass and continued to have more. All of the sudden, I felt excruciating pain between my shoulder blades and it felt like I couldn't get a full breath. Nothing I did made me feel better and I was really getting concerned. After a few minutes, I vomited. That relieved most of the pain. Within an hour, the pain was completely gone. Vomiting showed me (literally) that I had not chewed my food as well as I thought and definitely had eaten too fast. Lesson learned and I realize I had gotten too big for my britches 🤪

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Been there, done that!

I'll be 12 weeks post op on Thursday. Last Saturday I had a delicious salad with Olive Garden dressing and a crab cake. Made the exact same size salad, same ingredients, same dressing for dinner Sunday, but with a small piece of steak. That was at 5 pm. I was very uncomfortable within 15 mins of eating. Started vomiting 5 hours after I finished dinner, and every piece of salad came up exactly like it went in. Nothing had digested in that 5 hour period. Finally finished with projectile vomiting at 2 am, and could finally fall asleep.

Moral of my gross story is - never trust you new digestive system. It's a finicky balance, with each day being a new adventure.

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That's awful! Hope you both are feeling better. The first day I was allowed solids, I ended up in the ER with dumping syndrome. The worst part was needing to throw up and not being able to, so not getting any relief. I felt bruised for almost a week afterwards from all the heaving. Definitely chew better, slower and watch for the first twinges of discomfort now! Hopefully it is a lesson we only need to learn once! :P

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