Just got a hold of doc and will start imodium today. Fingers crossed it does the trick. I'm probably a tad dehydrated ... but I'm going to do a plug again for dripdrop, I think that stuff is amazing. Bill, dropping 40 pounds, wow. I went into the hospital at 119, and am at 107 right now. It's very tiring. But then, it's only been 3 weeks since surgery and as you all have said, it takes time. I'm drinking "impact" once a day, it's a high protein drink that the Cleve. Clinic recommends taking before and after surgery, and will eat more of the thickening foods that you listed, TEMarie. Feeling a bit more positive - thanks you guys.