Not sure what everyone else is saying but FOOD at 3 1/2 weeks i could not do.
I was on liquids (see through) for 1 week, then liquids thick (like yogurt, cream soups with no chunks or strained, etc for 2 weeks.
Then mushies for 2 weeks. So that's 5 weeks with no actual food.
I admit, the 5th week I cheated. I started introcuding some easy to chew things and I just chewed them like heck, pulverized them to a mushie consistency.
I'm now 2 1/2 months post and I STILL chew my food to a mushie consistency.
Your swelling it still a lot right now. Your stomach knows actual food can't get in so it's sending it back to you. I would stick to mushies another week or two, and anything you add like cheese or soft fruits, etc, chew them like MAD.
I think your Dr. is pretty optimistic thinking his patients can eat real food at 3 weeks!! Not so sure I agree. Heck my surgeon is still telling me to take chewable vitamins and avoid hard to digest foods.