Posted 11/2/2014 2:56 PM (GMT -7)
honestly Katie, havcng had the whole shebang taken out in one fell swoop, I can't say much to your specific questions. But, I did find myself mainly lying down when recuperating- on my side! Granted, this was after the whole colon removal, so.... I did not use a cushion to sit, nor did I need one- my butt was sore, I did use a pillow in my car for a month or so, but was able to sit on a padded surface for a meal, a tv show, etc. with no trouble. Just had to shift around a lot, couldn't sit in one position for hours. Peeing was no issue- my husband installed a comfort height toilet the day I came home- mainly because my abdominal incisions hurt to crouch too low. As far as positions go- crouching was a big no for me. Cleaning the litter box was near to impossible for 4-5 days. But that was it, no deep-knee bends, no crouches... I didn't have dressings at all- I did wear a panty liner for a while, to absorb any drainage. But there were no "formal" dressings to deal with. I kep the area as clean as possible, took sitz baths 2-3x a day for a week or so.... Used my pain meds for a good 2 weeks, especially at night. But again, this was also due to the whole abdominal surgery. I think you'll be fine!!!! You gotta figure it's way less major than getting your colon out, so....
diagnosed w/UC 2002
Tried Asacol, Rowasa, Pred, Cortenemas, Uceris, Rocephin, Cipro, Flagyl, Imuran, Remicade, Humira, turmeric, slippery elm root, marshmallow root, probiotics, homemade kefir, ayurveda, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, reiki, SCD, vegetarian, dairy free, nothing processed, gluten free... proctocolectomy w/end ileo on 4/14/14!