I called and set up an acct before the surgery with a supplier for my husband so when the time came for his first order the acct was already established. The hospital will send you home with supplies, the visiting nurse will or should also have some and in all likelihood place an order for you as well. Our first order needed to be faxed as we had to have the written orders from the Dr and hospital with my husband's diagnosis and a summary of what kind of supplies he would need. These papers were given to us at discharge. Of course our initial order was for the type of wafer and pouch the hospital outfitted him with. That cooperated for a few months and then he had a skin irritation issue so we tried a different one and then a 3rd one that seems to be "the one". Also the companies are very good at sending out samples once you can tell them the size of your stoma as the wafers are different sizes even if you have to cut to size.
Definitely make sure your stoma is going to be marked by the stoma nurse. Wear the type of clothes you wear most of the time so she can get a good sense of how to place it. So long as the surgeon can...he will put the stoma in that location.
My husband wanted no visitors. I was with him from early morning to late at night and stayed with him the first 2 nights and then the other nights to the connecting hotel. I had my laptop and sent out blanket e-mails to family and friends to keep them up to date.
Anything you bring to the hospital - especially something you would not want to lose....if it gets misplaced....put a label on it beforehand with your name and cell # and ultimately the room # of the hospital.
A backscratcher from the dollar store....lol. You will be amazed at how itchy your back will be from being in bed, sweating etc. The first day I ran out to a dollar store near the hospital as he was wishing he had one. I put a label on that too...brought some extras with me. Cell phone charger if you bring your cell phone. Eucalyptus cough drops hubby appreciated a few days after surgery as his nose was very dry and it was soothing for his throat.
If you have someone staying with you in your room a lot of the time bring a notebook to write down day, date, time and who came in when and who said what. Since I kind of lived there in his room for a week I kept a journal for him to read after he got home with all the comings and goings among other personal feelings & things. I also sent a copy of the e-mails to our e-mail too so he could read those later too and the e-mails he got. I read them to him in the hospital but he was 1/2 out of it or sleepy and half remembered them.
For the ride home (ours was 2 1/2 hrs ) several pillows to make the ride home as comfortable as possible for your tush, side and abdomen area. NO donut type cushion to sit on AT ANY TIME...need a waffle type inflatable cushion or egg crate type pillow to sit on.
I'd plan on 6 weeks out of work....if you can go back sooner and it is allowed that would be great but if you tell them less...you don't want to force yourself to go back too soon.
Drink plenty of water...when you start food and even afterwards...chew, chew, chew and go very slowly introducing different foods. But you will get those guidelines given to you.
My husband never got sick...I believe he was given some kind of anti nausea medication in his IV.
Initially when the pouch needs to be emptied the odor is very strong and will be for (?) a few weeks........don't let that discourage you as it will get better and there are products to help neutralize that also.
If you experience pain in the shoulder area don't be alarmed after the surgery...that can be an after effect of the anesthesia and will go away.
Also if you are in pain and need additional medication please speak up. There is NO reason for anyone IN THE HOSPITAL to be in pain.
That is all I can think of at the moment...others will chime in with more suggestions I'm sure.