My doctor asked me what kind of pain management I wanted - Did you already do that? I had a choice between an epidural, and Morphine. I choose the epidural, and loved it. I felt GREAT for the first three days after the surgery. Then they took the epidural out and left me with morphine. Boo. I no longer felt so good. LOL. But it is a personal preference, and if you haven't thought about it already, it might be something to be prepared for.
Ummmm....I was really happy I had my ipod with me...I put on headphones and zoned out during the day. Bring something comfy to wear home. In the beginning, the incision site can be painful. I wore loose pants with a waist line that I could pull way up - over the incision.
And good luck - you'll do fine!! Make sure to check back in and let us know what's going on when you can! I'll think good thoughts for you on Tuesday.
I just want to wish you well and let you know that i'll be thinking off you on tuesday.
I don't think i can add any more hints or tips to Ash's post, just don't be afraid to ask the doc or nurses anything.
Good luck with your surgery. Don't forget it is a process. It all doesn't happen right away but day by day. I am sure you will improve and begin to heal physically and emotionally. You are so fortunate to have found this forum prior to surgery. Many of us groped around in the "wilderness" until we found our wonderful ostomates.
You will be in our prayers and thoughts.