Can't get in my protein
If you can't even manage fluids properly you should call the doctor's office.
I would contact your Dr's office for confirmation and so that they can assuage your concerns, but as others have said, hydration is the PRIMARY concern post op. More people end up in the hospital post op because of dehydration than any other reason, so that means that you really want to work on getting and staying hydrated. Remember that your protein will count towards that hydration.
Generally, most programs assume that you are going to 'build' up to their recommended daily protein intake. It's common for people to get in about 30 grams during the first month, up to 60 grams the 2nd month and max out to your programs recommendations by the third month.
My program uses the following mechanism to help patients get in the recommended protein and hydration. Maybe it will help you. Get the little 2 ounce medicine cups that you use to take 'cough syrup. You can get them from your local pharmacy. Put 2 ounces of liquid protein in 1 and 2 ounces of 'hydration' fluid... i.e., water, crystal lite, etc... in each of the remaining cups. Take the cup with protein at the top of the hour and then one of the hydration cups 15, 30 and 45 mins after the hour. You do this every waking hour. This allows you to get in a great deal of protein and fluid without over flowing because in essence you are are working on it a little bit at a time every hour, all day; however, you aren't trying to get a great deal in at any one time. I and many others found this to be very, very effective.
Please know that this too will pass as the swelling goes down.
Wishing you all the best,
ObesityHelp Coach and Support Group Leader
High-264, Current-148, Goal-145