Heya! I had my first laparoscopy 2 Saturdays ago. Was surprised at the recovery time as it took longer than I thought to be able to get back into normal life (I thought it would be 2 days haha but it actually took a week).
Nerves are so normal but soon it'll be over and done with and you'll be fine, my tummy's still swollen but the pain is so manageable now 10 days on as it's barely there.
It's different for everyone but I had quite bad pain when I first came home after the procedure because the carbon dioxide gas they blow into your abdomen gets trapped underneath your diaphragm which hurts there and then that pain defers to your shoulder too. To manage the pain better I found that putting something warm like a hot water bottle on my diaphragm area helped! (the gas pains eventually go away as does the gas, I'd say mine was bad for like 2 days but it's different for everyone so you may not even have that)
Don't eat big meals that are very stodgy because they bloat you and it gets sore, have light things like soup (definitely have soup) with a small bit of bread and butter and eat little and often. You might not feel like eating but it is really important to eat so eat only what you can manage but do it regularly.
Drink lots of water!
Be patient, it can be super frustrating not being able to move as well as you could before but just accept that you'll need a few days of very minimal activity so have some films lined up that you want to watch or even some work for the later days (nothing too difficult).
Take small walks and do small exercises like sitting down and placing your feet firmly on the floor and then lifting your heels with your toes on the ground and then lifting your toes with your heels on the ground. Don't over-do it though.
Go outside and get some fresh air.
Have lots of sleep as your body needs time to recover. You'll probably find the smallest of tasks really tiring in the first few days which is fine just sleep it off!
Make sure you have lots of pillows so that you can prop yourself up in bed or if you're sitting on the sofa. I found lying down quite painful in the first 3 days so I would definitely recommend not doing that.
Take showers for the first 4/5 days and then have baths (I can't remember why but my doctor told me that).
Also they'll give you painkillers most probably but mine gave me bad headaches so after the first 3 days I stopped taking them. But if you're taking the painkillers or not definitely still take regular paracetomal and ibuprofen (don't exceed having 4 doses in a day) it really helps with the pain.
Also don't worry if you're super emotional and cry more than you normally do as that's so normal and you'll be back to your old self in no time!
This is all the stuff that applied to me and of course it's different for everyone depending on the person and their treatment (I had a laparaoscopy that removed some endometriosis in my womb) but I hope some of it helps for you!
Honestly I was so nervous, everytime I even have an injection someone has to come and hold my hand while I scream, and it was so fine! Of course there's pain and recovery can be really frustrating but for me at least I was home for a week and now have come back to uni.
These might help a speedier recovery but just give yourself time, good luck and don't be nervous! Xxxxx