Of course, it all depends on how the doctor treats you. For reference, my first hospital stay (due to hemorrhage) was 6 days. A couple weeks ago was my second hospital visit and it was 5 days. I think they would have kept me an extra day but I had an 11-year old (single mom) that I had to get back home to.
They had me on IV steroids for a few days with a liquid diet. To go home I had to be all oral steroids and real food.
That's just my experience... I totally understand the anxiety about leaving the kids. My daughter was the reason I almost did not go in. But, I really, really needed to be in the hospital and leaving her was the best way to be a good mom in the end.
Good luck! Keep us updated...
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone, Tysabri
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--currently taking methylprednisolone 40mg-taper. Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09. Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
--single mom to 11-yr-old girl