I feel compelled to write after seeing all these posts. My son has had two hospital stays at Mt Sinai in NYC and the nursing staff was unbelievable. I would say that we encountered close to a dozen different nurses and they were wonderful and compassionate and incredibly skilled. there is no amount of money that justifies all the hard work they did - they worked non-stop and did all kinds of jobs most of us would not want to go near. In our books, nurses are unsung heroes much of the time. We found that taking the time to speak kindly and appreciatively was all it took to get top-notch care.
Anyone going through this type of surgery should request a follow-up with the pain management team at the hospital. It is their job to keep you as comfortable as possible and they are generally very generous with pain relief as long as it doesn't look like you are "abusing" it. Most pain people understand what it's like to come back from this kind of surgery. Don't forget to speak up and be your own advocate - just do it nicely!
Anyone looking into surgery or treatment for UC or CD might want to take a look at Mt Sinai - we can't say enough about the quality of care and the efficiency of that place. We have one more surgery scheduled there for Nov to complete the jpouch. hopefully we'll be three for three on positive experiences!