Was just passing through on my way to the ostomy site and noticed your post. You will be able to get an enormous amount of valuable information from very friendly and knowledgible people on the ostomy site. If you go to the Total Colectomy part 22 and back you can read posts and ask questions; everyone will welcome you and be very willing to answer ANYTHING you might come up with.
I had a subtotal colectomy in July 08; I have 2 in. of my colon left. It was the absolute best thing I ever did for my body and health; I have never felt better.
I hope to see you on the colectomy site; I wish you the very best,
spleen/appendix/gall bladder removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)