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Hello everyone I just wanted to tell everyone that prayed for my father and was with me in this hard time and update. He is out of surgery is day two he opened his eyes and talking a little still no food today their going to try drinking But he is doing very good . But I had questions that I didn’t get a chance to ask dr is he going to be able to eat normal after and how long after

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That's good news. It will all take time & come together slowly.xx

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Great news!

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Wonderful news. But I don't know the answer to your question ... sorry xx

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That's really good news, Now he's joined our club of fello transplantees. He may not have much of an appetite for a while, which is understand able after have had major surgery. The'll be trying to get him out of bed as soon as he can make it. The quicker he can start to move about, the quicker he'll begin to get his strength back. Baby steps though Soso,... Baby steps.

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How’s life after transplant is it normal

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His belly bottom is swollen and they might do a surgery on it but I don’t know what it is or why it’s there waiting for the dr to give me details

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Good news. Obviously all people are different, I was eating little bits after 36hrs and drinking water the same day.

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That’s great news. He will be encouraged to drink plenty of water and light meals, fish and fruit. It is important that any fruit you give him is cooked, pears are the most easily digested.

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Hi

It took me a week or so begore eating started to become less of an effort,

But as they will tell you each day sees a small step forward

David

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Hubby wasn't allowed any food for the first day when he woke up 24jrs after surgery. This is because the throat can be sore die to tubes, also need to be careful stomach doesn't fill too quickly just in case need to go back to surgery for any reason.hibby was started with soup and soft foods to begin with

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Hi so glad to hear good news. I am over two years post transplant. I was eating soft food very soon afterwards and were advised to eat extra snacks in between meals to boost strength. I was in for about 26days before coming home, a few hiccups,. A list of what should and shouldn’t be eaten will be given to you by a dietitian, some foods react with medication and others higher risks as immune system is suppressed. I did make consultant laugh while in hospital. Asked him when I get home I got a liver and bacon meal in freezer waiting for me can I eat liver? Of course you can was answer with all in ward laughing. I have found since transplant a lot of my tastes have changed, for the better I must say. I was a big meat eater but more veges and pulses. I love cooking so it’s lovely to be cooking different things.i was advised to drink a lot of just water and still enjoy my tea as well. It did take a while to get back on tea after transplant though. I can say most things fairly back to normal, I can laugh and moan about politics etc and all due to a fantastic donor and their family as well as excellent medical system staff and teams and they so monitor and help me all the time. Wish you all the very best and remember the transplant team are always there to back you up all the time matter what your thoughts or worries are.

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You saying about the liver and onion dinner reminded me of when I had my first transplant back in 1995. A few days after transplant I was encouraged to eat and the first meal they came round with was ..... yep you guessed it Liver and Onions!! Someone even tried to wind me up by saying it was how they recycled the old livers

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🤣🤣👍 I assume you still ate it. Great 👍

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Great news sounds like he’s doing just fine, am now 15 days post transplant and came home yesterday exactly 2 weeks after surgery.i struggled to eat anything for 3 days but drank gallons of water then started on soft ice cream then progressed onto soft food like fish pie with mash so was easy to swallow as tubes down my throat left me struggling to swallow but it gets easier real quick, they will get him up ASAP and that’s important and then the first shower absolutely heaven

Good luck to you all

Huw

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He's going to be swollen and sore for a quite awhile, general fitness and age may be a factor, but like some have already said we are all different. Try to remember that his body has just gone through a traumatic time. It's been cut up, things pushed out the way, ribs spread apart. Things are going to take a while to get back to normal.

I've told of this story before, but when l had my transplant and was up on the ward, when ever the doctors and surgeons did their rounds, they would always ask. "Have your bowels opened yet?" This went on for twice a day, for three days. After a while l just had to ask why was this so important. The surgeon told me that during the operation, the bowel has to be held out of the way so they can get to work on the liver. This means that the bowel could be held in someone's hands for hours. During this time the bowel can go into shock and close down, or fall asleep. This was why they kept on asking as there can be complications if it doesn't wake up. Plus the bowel will have a lot of blood in it and they need the body to get rid of this. After the third day my bowels finally opened. It was such a miraculous moment, that it makes you want to shout out and share this news with the world. My bowels have opened, I've had my first movement. What an accomplishment.

I had my transplant done by those wonderful professional people up at the QE. So if your husband is up at the QE he's in very safe hands.

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Fantastic news.

It’s all going to take time, just see it at baby steps. My partner 1football had his transplant 15 days ago and now he is finally home.

All I can say is every day is a better day, put your faith and trust into the medical team.

Best of luck

Donna xxx

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