Yes being there as much as possible is so helpful for them...a simple thing like hand me the box of tissues, ice chips, pull my blanket up, take my blanket off...lol or whatever. The simplest thing he was unable to do I could do for him. Sometimes I was up and down like a jack in the box...lol...but didn't mind. There's no way he would have been buzzing a nurse or aide for some of those nitty gritty things but at the moment of need it is important for them too.
The podium walker I mentioned really helped when he walked and keeping him erect if they have that type at his disposal.
Unfortunately my husband was on a regimented pain medication routine prior to surgery due to his major discomfort so he might have needed more pain meds due to that. Happy to report his Friday appt with his pain mgt. dr. he is now in the final month of tapering and will be totally off any and all pain meds which is wonderful...the Dr and I are so proud that he was able to accomplish this as quickly as he did...but with the UC pain gone it made it an easy tapering process. I did worry about "dependence & withdrawal" but it was all needed due to the UC pain.
(12 Asacol, 4 azathioprine, 4 gaba pentin, 3 oxycodone and fenatnyl pain patch GONE GONE GONE!!!!! It is wonderful to take a few pills in the AM and a few @ bedtime for normal stuff not UC related anymore.)
64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) and no longer in pain.