It sure is good to hear that you are back home again. And acclimating to your home surroundings. It will take some time to get into your 'home' routine. Don't worry about the going-to-the-bathroom in the middle of the night thing right now - it, too, will resolve itself. You probably didn't realize how much less sleep you really DIDN'T get while in the hospital with all their noises and their schedule of checking on you, etc. Once your body gets its much needed rest and starts to heal, you will be back into your routine. Your body is probably exhausted from the surgery and from you worrying about your bowels waking up. Sleep allows it to heal.
I am a big wimp when it comes to pain! I've experienced enough of it that I am OK not experiencing anymore of it. So, you bet, I take the pain killers. After surgery, moving around for me was better if I took the pain pill and then did the walking thing, or shower, or whatever. Its been a long time since I had my abd surgery, but I remember the pain of it!!
Are you taking any tylenol to ease the pain? Tylenol won't hurt the stomach (I've always had problems with ibuprofen, aleve type of drugs and can't take them). You might even think about just taking 1/2 of the pain pill - after, of course, checking with your pharmacist to be sure that you can safely cut the pill in 1/2. That might be enough for you at shorter intervals. ie - instead of 1 whole pill every 4-6 hrs, take 1/2 pill every 2-3 hrs. That always works much better for me --- it can digest more quickly cuz the edge where the pill has been cut doesn't have that stomach friendly coating on it, it is smaller and easier to swallow, drinking a cup of something warm with it will also get it dissolved a little quicker. Too many pain meds can interfere with motility, but you have to weigh your level of tolerance and decide if you need them.
Chucks are a wonderful thing~ whenever I visit someone, or stay at a hotel, I always put a chucks under the sheets. My own little private security blanket!!!
So good to hear that you are home.... how's the eating coming? What all have you attempted since graduating from liquids? Keep us posted.....
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery