At the hospital, taking medicine is great. All you have to do is press a button--that is, if you're awake to do it. (But then your parents or friends can do it for you.)
Once you're on your own at home, though, you'll be taking pain pills throughout the nights. If you're like me, you might have a few problems with that.
First of all, I don't like to drink anything (especially water) in the middle of the night, and definitely not two seconds after I wake up. After a while of taking my pills with water and feeling sick afterwards, it was time to try something else. I tried Capri Sun, water, grape juice, and who knows what else. But I found that Ensure was the only thing that didn't make me feel sick. Plus, I still wasn't eating much at that time, so it was good for me to be drinking.
(I was perfectly capable of eating on my own, but my sister took advantage of the opportunity.) :)