This article describes how patients who are hospitalized and discharged the same day use their experience to be competent in the postoperative period at home. The patients are tought by a nurse before their discharge how to act and react at home in relation to postoperative observations. During their instructions, the patients use their experiences to prepare themselves to be discharged and the dialogue facilitates the patients’ perception of the education as meaningful. At home the patients use both what they learned during the instruction and their experiences to react suitably in the postoperative period.