Here's my answers. sorry there rushed... pls excuse my spelling mistakes!
Day 2 after surgery was my what the hell have I done day... but after that I have been fine.
I don't feel left out re food, and I don't miss anything I can eat a little bit of everything and I'm not as interested in bread as I used to be. Its not like I made a choice to not eat it, its just not that interesting anymore. I will eat it occasionally. I have my moments.
I eat about a cup of food give or take. I focus on eating more protein. So, for example I have a cup of bolongnese sauce. Or a crustless quiche the size a of a normal meat pie etc. or I go out for breaky a lot and order chispy bacon, avocado and goats cheese (3 sides).
Nope, can't drink a bottle of water in one go. It takes my possibly 30 minutes, of actually drinking to drink a 600ml bottle. Its hard to explain, but 1 y & about 3 month post op I can now drink 4 'small gulps' of water in one go. I also hardly ever have plain water, I have half water half juice, or ribena. Makes it easier for me to get it down.
For me it was hard at the start to get my head around the food I could or couldn't eat. I weas scared I would stuff something up so I took it easy. But on the other hand my head was also saying... eat... while my body said... woah! stop... too much... It did take a while to sort that out. Also getting used to being organised for lots of small meals. I always bought my foo every day at work. So that was a big change for me. Being organised food wise. Even now... I find myself at 10 in the evening opening the fridge and cupboards because I am hungry. I end up eating savoys or other cheeky things before bed.
Gotta get out of that habbit (but its easy for my head to convince me its only 6 savoys, what harm can it do...)
Also... going ot teh loo for the first few weeks was a nightmare! Got better but took me quite a while to be 'regular' again.
Peoples questions are also hard to deal with, and you need to sort out what your going to say if people ask before hand. Unless your a quick thinkier. There was a couple of times I was totally shocked at the things people asked or said to me.
I haven't told anyone except my brother and siter-in-law. I did tell my Osteo and naturpath, but really they don't count... hehe I have also told random people I know I will never see again! But I didn't tell my parents of any friend int he end. When I brought it up before hand, I got more negative comments than positive, so decided to go at it alone and see how I went.
But thats my experience.
Maybe read some of the diaries to get a better understanding of what people have gone through. Especially for the first few months after surgery some of them are really good and really detailed with the good, bad and ugly.
There are risks, and you need to take them into account as well.