I slept in my bed, on my side, as usual. I could not get interested in anything for any length of time the first week. I don't think I used the pain meds enough the first 5 days, if I had, maybe a movie might have interested me. The pain was not bad, just more of an overall discomfort.
I was given Toradol for pain in the hospital instead of narcotics. I think it was because I warned them that I get nauseous with narcotics on an empty stomach. I never felt pain in the hospital, at all. The nurse would keep asking me about my pain level, my answer was always 0. They did start me on the liquid hydrocodone prior to discharging me, Toradol only works for me via IV, not pill form.
Since you can't eat much, volume wise, you will have to eat often. Being prepared for those small meals in advance is important. You are doing that already - which is great! I did not look forward to eating, but after 4-5 days, it got easier. I still don't look forward to eating after a month.
GERD (Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 2013)
IgG, IgM Deficient
Chronic Pain caused by Degenerative Arthritis,
Asthma, Chronic Sinusitis, Allergies,
Chronic Kidney Stone Disease, Depression/Anxiety