Hi, just wanted to say welcome. This is a great place. I had surgery in Feb.08. I had strictures removed also due to scar tissue. They removed terminal ileum, part of cecum, ileocecal valve and appendix. Where is your problem area? I had surgery 5 weeks after being told I needed it. I was in the hospital for 6 days. Catheter put in while awake, never had one before and it was no problem even when they took it out.
I also took a book, portable dvd player was the best, my own pillow and blanket and pajamas. Comforts from home was the best advice ever from here so I always pass that on. Lots of walking is so important after surgery to get things moving.
Going home I was alot more uncomfortable than I thought I would be. My surgery was done laproscopically, so less invasive. 3 incisions, one had 9 staples (belly button down) and 2 small other incisions 2 staples each. Staples removed after one week.
Recovery at home took a good 5-6 weeks before I was back to basic daily routines. Housework, cleaning, caring for 2 sons, stuff around the farm etc. Take it easy at the begining for sure. Then I am sure working at home....I'm guessing its desk work etc....that should be ok to do sooner when your doctor says its ok.
I didn't have loose bowels for too long after surgery compared to most. After about 2 weeks, "d" calmed down. I am so glad I had the surgery. No more blockage pain. Hopefully you will be fixed up soon and all of this will be behind you. But you are right this disease never goes away and we always have to be in tune with what our body is doing or telling us (diet and so on) it is depressing and annoying having to always be so aware of what we put in our mouths. It can get very mentally draining some times, but I try not to dwell on it. And I have been able to eat alot more different things now since surgery so cheating sometimes is fun!!! keep us posted .