I'd give you my resection story, but it was almost 20 years ago now and it was due to an emergent rupture. It would not really compare to scheduled surgery and current care. (10+ weeks due to sepsis, 5 weeks more off work and lost 40+ pounds which I gained right back)
I will say though that "not worrying" is easier said than done. BUt I highly recommend a calmness before. It has been shown to help in healing. Also, it has been recently studied that a good 8 hours sleep the night before surgery provides less need for pain meds after (sorry can't site a source as I just thought it made sense and logged it in my head).
Wishing you a quick recovery and relief.
This was from my post back in 07:
I have to agree. I just had a resection 4 weeks ago and I had an open incision. They just couldn't do it lap. Morphine didn't work at all so they gave me an epidural. That was the best thing they could have done. I felt no pain after that and had that in for 4 days. It enabled me to get out of bed and walk around. I passed gas on day 2 and moved my bowels day 3 and went home day 5. I was in good spirits. I also agree that it takes a long time to recover. 4 weeks later and for me it feels like 4 months. Even my hubby feels it was so long ago.I'm eating most foods but when I got home from the hospital I didn't want to look at food. My appetite is good now but not even close to where it was before. I have lost 10 lbs. That's a hard way to lose weight..whew!I didn't have a NG tube and my doctor assured me I wasn't going to have one either. I'm not allowed to lift anything over 10 lbs or push or pull. I am able to bend and do very light things around the house. My scar is healing and it's sore and there are good days and bad. I have D which I had before but the docs tell me that will take a while to subside. New plumbing has to re-learn what to do with the bile salts or something. I'm waiting..I didn't gain weight with my crohns but if you are eating more sugar as a comfort you may experience weight gain and bloating. I notice the less sugar I eat, the better I feel. Hey maybe the experts are right about sugar.I just went to my GI as a follow up and he is prescribing no meds. He does want me to go for an early colonoscopy on the summer to see if anything is brewing.I hope you don't need surgery but if you do you have a lot of us here to help support you through it. good luck.