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fluids pretty much go right through you. Your pouch will tell you when you're pushing it too hard.

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liquids won’t stretch your tummy but you don’t want to stress & put strain on it if you’re still healing. Sip, wait a bit, sip, wait a bit. As you progress you will be able to drink more than a sip. How much more is an individual thing - two swallows at a time is my limit. Any more & I feel discomfort & tightness (or my tummy grizzles & whines). But others eventually can guzzle a cup or more at a time. I like sipping throughout the day. I never get to that I’m so thirsty stage anymore so aren’t ever dehydrated.

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My biggest legitimate fear going into surgery was drinking fluids. I was a chugger and I drink in my sleep (as in I don’t recall waking up but my Water jug will be empty when I wake up). Ever since I was a child I’ve always HAD to have a large source of water on my night stand or I can’t even fall asleep… obviously it’s a mental issue but whatever. I still remember my mom’s fugly green water pitcher I used to use as a child… and if I’m in a hotel and forget to bring a jug of water I have to fill the ice bucket with sink water just to fall asleep (yeah I wash it out first), that’s how bad my neurosis is. Anyhow fast forward to now and it’s probably the one negative thing I’ve dealt with post op. As mentioned, you’re not going to stretch anything with fluids, they pass through fast and it isn’t going to block anything while the stomach processes it but it isn’t instantaneous. Lately I’ve been drinking too heavily in my sleep again, it just started a couple weeks ago. Ive “vurped” a few times recently and last night I threw up from it… and THAT wakes me up (thankfully). When awake I count my baby sips, I know exactly what I’m able to take in, and you’ll learn the same thing about yourself. I can feel my stomach empty and take another set of sips just a few minutes later if I’m sweating heavily or just extra thirsty. Like a lot of this, it’s a learning process. Trust your instincts and adjust as needed and before you know it you’ll discover your new normal.

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