RITAS, No problem on all the questions. They are good ones and ones you need an answer to, so I'll try my best. First off, I had no abdominal pain during any of my recoveries. After the first and second ones, I was stapled shut and there was slight discomfort, but mostly only when they took the staples out. As far as the take down though, I had two sutures spaced apart and for the most part the wound was opened. I just kept it covered with a 4x4 gauze pad so as to catch any drainage. There was some, but not nearly as much as the big incision from the first two surgeries. about two weeks and it was all scabbed over about the size of a dime and life was great. As for showering, that wasn't a problem. I just didnt get too close to the actual incision with the soap, however I would recommend that if you don't have one already, get one of the showerheads with a hose that you can move around. Makes for easier cleaning in all areas. It doesn't have to be an expensive one, just a cheapy from Walmart will work. That way I could get the nozzle to belly level and let the water clear the area easier. No specific soaps or shampoo's that I used, as far as shampoo though again I used the hosed nozzle to keep most of that cleared as quickly as possible so it didn't invade the wound.
Getting out of bed really wasn't a problem at all as I never really had any pain. I only didn't make it once while in the hospital and that was the second night (my hell night), and dripped a bit on the floor on the way. I thought about adult diapers, but decided not to and the embarrassment quickly wore off. Again, I didn't have any pain as far as sitting, standing or walking. It was really a breeze recovery with the exception of right when the bowel woke up. Just for a couple hours really, then I regained some control. Do I miss the bag? Yes and no. Yes, because I love to eat and with it, I could eat anything and lots of it. Right now I can't, but I did have some things the other day that only a couple of weeks ago were a big no no for me. So, I do see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I am feeling better every day. Alot of it too is getting confidence back and breaking the habit of alway's running to the bathroom. That is very convenient to do, but it's a mental thing that you have to overcome AS YOU PROGRESS. Don't worry too much about it at first. I don't remember feeling fullness with the appliance, but the worst part for me now is when I get gassy. That is a bit painful, but usually Gas X will take care of that. Good luck and keep me updated. Phil