Firstly Congratulations! I know how scary it seems. Flying to a foreign country are you insane, LOL. Trust me I remember the feelings and I am well travelled. Even now, having actually done it I still shake my head. But it was all worth it. Depending on the doctors post op plan it seems all post op diets vary. I was on clear liquids for 1 week post op, that included broth, G2, green tea and I used isopure and or protein water. Then I was on a 2 week full liquid diet, basically anything liquid that was strainable, mixed protein drinks, strained soups including creamy, fruit juice and all other non caffine drinks. Next came the mushies, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, soft scrambled eggs, blenderised food baby food consistancy (2 weeks). Finally started on real food, slowely trying each new food, cause baby your new stomach is picky. Staying with a mostly protein based foods with well cooked veggies. Supplementing with protein drinks to keep up protein levels. Now I say again each doctor is different. This was just an example of my post op instructions. The reasoning behind it was to give the stoma*****ision time to fully healy with no leaks. Now you must be very good at getting at least 72ounce liquid a day so not to get dehydrated, that can include the liquid in your protein drinks. I picked up a jug from Walmart that holds that amount, I fill it in the morning and make sure I fini**** by supper. Protein supplements, look for what you like the taste of, but avoid protein gel shots, they aren't what we need. GNC has a good selection and you can return something if you don't like it. Also right now Sytrax Nectar, which I use, has a sampler pack on for 14$ with free shipping http://www.si03.com/reg_index.htm Their stuff is good and fruity flavoured, if you find one you like, then I have a couple of Canadian websites that sell their stuff at a decent price. As for work a good rule of thumb is 10lbs per week completed. What I mean is first week no lifting, second week 10lbs, third week 20lbs fourth week 30lbs. Just a rough guide, it will all depend on how you feel. I would say you will need help lifting for at least a month. My dogs hip went out and she was 70lbs and I could not help to lift her up the stairs at all during my recovery, and I loved her. Feel free to friend me if you want and ask away any questions.