Hi Joanne, and welcome :)
I was also sleeved on the 4th. Head on over to the Sleevers Monthly and join the September Sleevers group as well - there's quite a few of us now :)
I know what you mean about the shakes - I've had trouble getting them down without significant pain. This morning I had two tablespoons of organic baby rice cereal (like Farex, which is on my approved list, but I use Bellamy's Organic. Had it for my sick cat, now it's my turn LOL), made into a thin soup with almond milk (regular lactose free milk gives me terrible mucous), warmed it in the microwave and added a hint of stevia - it's slow, but going down a treat, with absolutely no pain at all. Last night for dinner I also blitzed some cup-a-soup (La Zuppa Just Add Water Vegetable and Bean - the rest have too many chunks) until it was really thin and the slight spiciness made me feel like it was a real meal! Oh it was bliss! I will do that for lunch and dinner today as well :)
I will attempt to get some protein shake in at some point, but I am tired of pain, so what's the point in torturing myself? At this stage we're allowed a little thinned down custard or yoghurt (must be really thin, like drinking yoghurt) and liquidised soups as long as it's thin with zero lumps - so I am taking advantage of that. We can have egg flips (eggs blended with milk and vanilla) but I don't like my eggs that way :D Plus it's the warmth I'm craving - I'm so sick of cold shakes and cordial!
I have a diary (JadziaOz's Journal) over in the diary section - a lot of us do, and they're often worth reading, especially by those who are a bit ahead so you know what you're going through is typical of most sleevers ;)
Take a good look around, join in some conversations, ask ANY questions you have (even if you think they've been asked and answered a million times) and make yourself at home. Most importantly, be yourself. We're really friendly and uber-helpful, so don't hesitate to ask anything at all xx