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!

5 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,

  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.

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