I've been back on solid foods for two days now, and happily I've not had any recurrence of vomiting. I'm willing at this point to give credit to the Prilosec, but it's probably also at least in part due to my careful adherence to the guideline of chewing each bite 30x, and resting a moment between bites. That way, there's no rush of food nor anything large enough to cause irritation or get stuck on the way down. We'll call this "so far, so good" for now!
Today, however, the struggle was with exercise. My energy level is just in the basement today, and it made me have to really push myself to get my treadmill session in. I've just started walking with a 0.5% incline, and am slowly increasing the time to 35 minutes. The incline adjustment doesn't seem to have impacted my heart rate at all, but I can feel the slight difference in my thighs as I walk. Instead of enjoying my Battlestar Galatica DVD marathon as I walked, I ended up really watching the timer. By 20 minutes in, I was wanting to stop; but I wouldn't let myself do it.
Before surgery, I had worked my way up to an hour on the treadmill, at higher speeds and more of an incline. I'd truly get a workout with that. Sometimes in the last 10 minutes of those sessions I really had to push, and I'd tell myself "I can do anything for 10 minutes" until the timer flipped another minute by, and then it became "I can do anything for 9 minutes", etc, until the workout was over.
Today I had to tell myself "I can do anything for 10 minutes" to get me through the last 10 minutes of my 32-minute workout. I did - and it's really just a way to distract myself from being tired or sore, but it always does seem to help a little bit.
Hopefully tonight I'll sleep deeply, and get a bit more pep back for tomorrow.