Concerning the pain pump, I was on it for a day and a half. I had an option to keep it one more day but decided to start taking morphine through my i.v. and pain pills. I probably should have stayed on the pump one more day.
I was sent home with percocet and now I am on vicodin.
My daughter had a temporary ostomy and now has a j-pouch but I can tell you a few things. First of all, the size of your stoma will change. In the beginning it will be bigger then will get smaller over time. We got samples for her but by the time she wanted to try some of them, the openings of them were too big for her ostomy. Also, in the beginning it was kind of "icky" to see. Over time, she (and also me) "bonded" with her stoma! LOL. Once you get a routine going, it gets easier. I have pictures of my daughter from the morning of the surgery (right before we left for the hospital) all the way through her recovery from the j-pouch surgery (thanks to Mark & Megan for the idea). The last bag change before her reconnection surgery we took pictures of her stoma. She used the stoma powder to make eyes and a mouth with the stoma as the nose. It's very funny but, unfortunately, not the kind of pictures you go around showing most people! The clear bags they use in the hospital are somewhat yucky. The opaque bags are great when you get home. You know the poop is there but you don't have to see it. My daughter felt more comfortable wearing baby doll type tops. Each person is different. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to recuperate and regain your energy level. Definitely have a good support system in place. It makes it easier.
Post Edited (Ohio43) : 4/3/2009 7:08:58 PM (GMT-6)