I some how missed this post yesterday, but wanted to pop in and wish you a good recovery! It sounds like things went well for you to be released from the hospital so soon.
However I can see that your post-op pain is pretty strong, and that is normal, but should get better with time. You have to remember that this is a very major surgery. Stay ahead of the pain curve if you can, and if you need help, by all means ask for it.
For me the evenings were the worst, and it is likley that you will wake up in the early hours of the morning, and may need some help getting up and to the bathroom and a med taken. I feel for you, and remember that rough time very well. I always kept a bottle of water by my bed along with a pain med...just in case someone is not around.
As others have said, take it slow, and follow your surgeons orders. Walk...Walk...and Walk...however, do not over do it, or get further than you can get back home safely.
I'm not sure if anyone suggested a toilet seat extender, but they can help greatly, especially if you get the one with the side-arms on it. You will find if you grab the side-arms and gently push yourself up and take the pressure off your bottom,...it will make for a much easier bowel movement.
A very sincere "Good Luck" to you!
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 6/28/2012 7:41:12 AM (GMT-6)