I took a shower about
4 days post-op. But it wasn't a real shower. I was in the hospital with one of their removable shower heads. They don't want you to get your incisions wet. My first real shower was 7 days later. It felt so good. You get greasy and you can wash off with a wash cloth, but I find I don't get stinky when I go longer without a shower (not that I make it regular to shower once a week or anything), but I think b/c I don't have a stinky butt, I'm just not as stinky. Man I'm sharing TMI lately!!!
I had help daily. But the nursing staff could've filled that void (if you can wait 30 min. when you call them). I just liked having stay-in help and my family was happy to do it. How long you need it is probably individual too. Depends on how good you feel-how quickly you recover. Do you have kids? You'll definitely want help for a few weeks after if you do. If not, maybe a week, or less....?
I totally agree with LittleE about
not wanting it an ostomy and then liking it after all.
Good luck. Of course you're scared! Normal. If you want a laugh, go back a few weeks and look at my pre-surgery PARANOIA! these poor people had to listen to my rambling for weeks.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/08 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, zofran, immodium, lovonox, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)
"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."