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There is a Yale Facebook group called free & for sale where kids who are leaving post a lot of stuff. This helps current students more than freshmen since peak sale time is in the next couple of months, but things are sold through the year. I have occasionally seen really nice, little-used furniture being sold for a song.
My daughter and her freshman suitemates pooled $50 each and went to Ikea and Target and got a coffee table, cute lamps, microwave, kitchen table + chairs, dishes, and also a carpet remnant from Lowes (the one in Derby had not been mobbed by Yalies). They already had a futon. Their common room looked more put together than my house! -- For about a week.
It's not unusual for constipation to set in quickly after surgery. It starts because of immobility as well as pain meds. And at least at our hospital, it doesn't seem to be an issue that's on the surgeons' radar, so it can get bad fairly quickly.
Miralax IS the stuff they give to colonoscopy patients -- sometimes alone, more often together with electrolytes (e.g.Golytely). It's just a matter of how much you take. It is osmotic, meaning it attracts water, and it isn't absorbed into the body so it pulls water into the gut. Stool softeners work similarly but are milder. But opiates decrease contraction of the gut, so sometimes osmotic laxatives aren't enough, in which case you need a stimulant laxative. For most constipation we avoid those because you can become dependent on them, but we usually turn to them pretty quickly when people are on opiates, because the constipation can be severe. We use senokot 2 pills at bedtime. If that doesn't work, you can do 2 pills twice or sometimes even 3 times a day. If that's not working, get in touch with your doctor before too many days have gone by -- the constipation can get harder to treat over time. I'm not surprised that magnesium helped @ams5796 because it also stimulates contraction in the gut, but it's not safe for people with very poor kidney function.