Tylenol will help with pain. Don't refuse tylenol or motrin because you think it won't work.
(we don't normally use ibuprofen post-op) Tylenol is VERY underrated!!!!!! It works.
Stay on top of your pain. Do not let it get away from you.
Do not refuse your bowel medications if you are taking narcotics. Having to use a bedpan is not the worst thing in the world. Having to be dis-impacted is not a better option.
I have to disagree a little with conversation. Maybe during report, but I like to talk to my patients, sometimes things come out that pts don't think are important but are.
Try to encourage people to visit you at home, after you have been d/c'd. You are going to the help there, not in the hospital. Those few days that you are in the hosp. you are going to need all the rest you can get. you don't need to entertain family while you are healing. Let them bring you (and your family) meals when you get home.