Drinking Water Post Gastrectomy – Reduce its Surface Tension

When I attended the No Stomach for Cancer conference in Philadelphia several years ago, we discussed how ironic it was that plain water is the most difficult beverage to drink. To this day, water continues to be the most challenging to drink since it easily gets stuck in my esophagus.

Rachael’s mom mentioned the surface tension of water is to blame. I can’t tell you if that is the reason, but I am a trial & error believer. Once I add drink flavor enhancers, I am able to drink water twice as fast without problems. I recently discovered Walmart carries a clear version. I like that they didn’t add any additional dyes, for whatever that is worth. A more natural alternative would be to squeeze lemon juice into water. Essentially, anything to break the surface tension seems to help.

Stay healthy and drink water my stomachless friends!

15 thoughts on “Drinking Water Post Gastrectomy – Reduce its Surface Tension

  1. Oh my goodness! Ive thought I was nuts. Now I see Im not the only one with this issue.

    I have found Zero Lemon by Gleceau is what Ive been able to swallow.

    Im thrilled to know this is something that others have experienced too. Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Marne,

    I was recently diagnosed with the CDH1+ gene mutation. I have been reading your blogs a lot. You inspire me because you seem to have the same body type as I do. I also have always had a high metabolism and can lose weight easily (especially if stressed) but cannot put on weight as easily. This diagnosis scares me because I don’t have the extra weight to lose. I wanted to know how much you weighed before your surgery. I am going to try to put on some weight prior to mine. Will that make a difference? I still have to meet with the surgeon and have my endoscopy. I’m in the early stages but scared nonetheless.
    Again, reading about all of the things you are doing and able to eat is an inspiration to me. Thank you for your blog.

    • Hi Jenny!

      Thank you. I hope reading through my experiences can help ease the stress before going into surgery. My typical weight before surgery ranged from 115-118. I was 126 when I walked into my surgery. My surgeon believed patients were better served walking into surgery in full health over weight gain That being said, go ahead and eat a bowl of ice cream before bed every night before surgery and gain some extra weight. It is a long recovery where everyone loses 10-20% of the body weight in the first year of recovery. It’s nice to have extra padding so you don’t worry so much as the weight is coming off.

      Blessings to you,

      • Thanks Marne! You give me hope. I was thinking of trying some Ensure Plus everyday to get some weight on, in addition to dessert at night. I’m so happy for all of your success thus far.

        And Blessings to You too,

          • I stayed away from ensure because my nutritionist was worried about the sugar content. She did recommend boost glucose control.

          • I have been using the Ensure Plus. I have gained almost 7 pounds since I started it. I won’t be able to drink it after the TG due to the sugar.

  3. I thought I was the only one who felt this. I have kidney stones for not drinking water. I’ll try to do what you said! thank you! My operation was in 2014, I was 23 years old. I already had the disease without knowing, 34 outbreaks of cancer.
    I’m from Brazil.

  4. Very interesting. I’m a little over 6 weeks out from TG surgery. Really going through some eating issues. I’ve started noticing that drinking water is a bit more challenging myself recently. I’ve been drinking more Gatorade, simply for the additional calories, so just lately have been drinking more water. I’ll definitely be trying out your tips. Thanks for some great posts. Also, I’m a recovering athlete, with several long distance endeavors in my past including several marathons (3:27 PR), HMs, many triathlons (including one full), and various other lengthy trail runs. I’m a native Texan, living near Houston, so if you’d like to keep in touch more frequently, let me know.

  5. Hi Marne,
    I recently found your blog and I have been reading on your gastrectomy experience to learn more about what I may be going through in the near future. I was diagnosed with FAP a few years ago, and in 2016, I had a total colectomy. That same year, I was told that my whole stomach was covered in fundic gland polyps. My doctors and I decided to keep close surveillance but the pathology report has changed and my diagnosis has become more aggressive. We are now discussing a full gastrectomy as a preventive measure.

    Your blog is bringing hope back. As you can imagine, I’m sad, scared, stressed and anxious just thinking about going through another surgery to remove another part of my digestive tract. While I know people have one procedure or the other, I yet have to find someone who has had both; the stomach and colon removed. If you know of any other blogs or information out there in the web that I may not have come across yet, I would appreciate you sending it my way! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your experience so that people like me can be better informed and for inspiring us.

  6. Hi Marne
    I’m going through my 11 days post total stomach removal , and I’m devastated ; reading your block has giving me a little bit of hope . Having hard time facing my new life. I’m eating but not hungry , I get very bad cramps. This mornin I was thinking if its worth to keep trying. I have 1 daughter and a son and a husband that has been with me since day 1.

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