For those who might be reading this blog because they are considering donating a kidney, this post may be of interest; for others, this may be TMI…
So, it is my third full day home after the donation. While I was in the hospital, the nurses wanted me to have a bowel movement or at least pass gas, so they could know my digestive system was back in business before they would discharge me. Luckily, I did have a very small “BM” the day after surgery. But although it was good enough to get me a ticket out of there, it didn’t amount to much.
Therefore, my focus over the last few days has been on relieving some really uncomfortable constipation. I’ve had prunes, lemon water, tons of regular water, stool softeners and other such remedies. But not until today, when I had stopped taking my pain meds and went for an extra long walk, was I able to finally GO! I was so happy. Five days’ worth of you-know-what – finally out of my system! So, I wanted to share my experience in case it is useful to others.
I recommend lots of water, lots of walking, and giving up your pain meds once you are able. Don’t force yourself or do any of this before you are ready. Also, be aware of over-laughing… My husband is hilarious, but I had to declare a humor moratorium, because laughing is still too painful and was even worse while constipated. Maybe I will be able to handle it again in a few days 🙂