I slept like a baby all night. The morphine puts you out pretty good. I barely noticed when my bag was emptied and the JP drain was emptied as well (see more on what the JP drain is below).
NURSES IN YOUR ROOM
The RN and/or CNA came into my room every hour to check vitals, and to see if I needed anything. If they simply came in to check on me, they would not wake me up if I was sleeping. They usually took a blood sample at 10pm then let me sleep till 5am in the morning with no interruptions. My FIRST night in the hospital on both surgeries, I was woke up nearly every hour since I just got out of surgery. If they wake you up unnecessarily, which some do, you can ask them not to come in unless they absolutely have to wake you up. They will oblige.
You do not have to allow visitors or 'hospital volunteers' in your room if you don't want to. If it bothers you, which it did me because they interrupted my sleep a lot, you can ask the RN to put a sign on your door that says "check in at nurses station before entering' or 'no visitors at this time' or some other saying you want them to put on the sign. They will do this for you. My immediate family was let in whenever they wanted of course. Thehospital volunteers mean well, but they will wake you up sometimes.
JP DRAIN (Jackson-Pratt Drain)
This apparatus is what catches the blood from your surgery. It is a tube that is inserted into your side or where-ever it is needed, with a bulb at the end that collects the blood. It fills up A LOT at first with my particular surgery (rectal surgery), but as the days go by, it gets less and less, and lighter in color. I think I slept through most of it the emptying process of the bag and GP drain. As long as you take your pain killer, you may not feel much pain at all.
PHOTOS OF THE JP DRAIN BELOW
WALK WALK WALK!!
On this day, I had to 'walk'. Yes, they get you up and get you moving. This is what makes your 'healing/recovery' process go quicker and better. Well, I couldn't quite get up to the standing mode, so they let me sit on the side of the bed for a few minutes then they had to lift my legs and hold my back and in quick rythym put me back in bed. They are pros at this and it didn't hurt at all. By that evening, I took my first walk with a walker with my wife by my side. She was with me day and night through my entire ordeal. I don't know what I would have done without her. Its amazing all of the things she did for me that the RN's would never really have time for. She saved them many a trip into my room for 'ice chips', cool wash rag on my head, bathing me in bed, to putting my 'footies' on each day.
EATING: you do not eat or drink for several days. You will be hooked up to fluids so you won't dehydrate.I was able to have ice-chips whenever I wanted but that was it, period.
WHY COULDN'T I EAT your saying. Well, after an ileostomy, your digestive system basically shuts down and goes into like a shock mode. This is normal. You may have problems with your eating at first.