i had sugery four months ago, had my colon removed and a perm bag. It's not fun in the hospital, lol, but they keep you drugged so you won't feel bad from that. I don't know what you have that is making you do this, but I had UC and honestly when i woke up i felt better in some ways than i had in 8 years. I had to stay in the hospital for 6 days, and my husband stayed the first two nights, but most of the time i alone, which wasn't fun. But anyway, they did send me home with pain meds, but honestly the pain really wasn't that bad by then. The first couple of days, i was pretty useless, but they allowed me to eat pretty much whatever, just certain things to stay away fron. Anyway, after that i did pretty good for a while, i took care of myself. My parents came up every little while and checked on me, and my grandma and my aunt were over alot too. It helped to have company. THe worst part for me, was that my son had to stay with my grandma for 6 weeks, becuase you can't lift at first. Anyway, i was doing pretty good for a week or so and then dumb old me decieed to eat some pizza, BIG mistake! that set me back a few days, horrible pains, no sleep, not eating, and because of that i got dehydrated, which you really have to watch and ended up having ot go to ER and get some fulids, and after that i was pretty good. by about a month after i was doing a fair amount of stuff, still tiring easier, but i am good now, doing everything, and more now. Most likely you will get a home healthcare nurse that will come to see you once a day. You will be able to take care of yourself, but you will feel better if someone is there, and it is alot safer, especeially when you are on pain meds.