One thing to watch out w/the pain meds is when you switch from IV to oral. The oral ones are very hard on some of us. I spent the night after I got home from the hospital up all night throwing up -- it was awful, probably the worst part of the entire surgery experience. I stopped taking narcotics then altogether, and I was fine on just tylenol. It hurt a lot less than I expected (but mine was lapro).
If you do have it lapro, you get these pains in your shoulders afterwards ... they fill you w/gas to do the surgery and then it migrates there. Not awful for me, but really weird.
Trying to keep my head up, I hear you on so many things there..... they should have been able to give you the shots in your thighs if you didn't want them in your belly, although they did just put them in my arm at the hospital (at home, I had to do belly, and I was so skinny then).
The potassium pills are horrible and the drink is too! I've had to have two IV's at the same time in the hospital, because they can't put the IV pred and the IV potassium in the same IV or it will make crystals. My potassium was low a lot....
And the boots.....and the socks... they are so weird. I only had them after surgery, though, but then again, I was pretty mobile on my other hospitalizations. That is one thing to know, mom2panda, the first night it can be really hard to move. I had an epidural that was misplaced a little, and I had to call the nurse for help rolling over.... it was hard to take. The good thing is that my memory of it is pretty fuzzy now.
You really don't want a blood clot in your leg though.... it can move up to your lungs and kill you.... but on second thought, you are right that some of the blood clot issue is from lying around, it's not all from surgery (I thought of the boots as being from lying around, as they stopped making me wear them when I started walking again, but the shots were for the surgery itself)..... not positive now that that's right.
Mom2panda, as soon as you can walk, you'll want to do it as much as possible. It really helps.
I didn't have an oxygen tube after surgery, but I had to blow into this thing to make a ping pong ball go up .... was supposed to do it ten times an hour, I think.
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery