Good luck with your surgery on Monday! I had my colon and rectum removed and was out of the hospital in 4 days, so hopefully your stay will be that short.
If you are having open surgery, you will want to bring a small pillow with you to press against your tummy when you roll in bed or need to get up out of bed.
For the most part, you will be receiving strong pain medicine through IV and will sleep a lot. When I was awake, I would mostly watch TV or talk on the phone, so bring your cell phone and charger.
Slippers and a robe are nice to have, as well as hard candies to suck on, since you might not be able to eat for a couple of days.
Everything is going to be fine. Keep in mind that you are going to feel so much better once you've healed up from surgery. Please keep us posted on how you're doing once you get home.
SpongeBabe, I didn't realize you had surgery last week! Wow, you're doing great! Having a lot of gas is normal in the beginning. That will subside, and so will the chattiness of the stoma. It just wants to get to know you!!! he he he I'm glad you're appreciating not having to go to the bathroom a million times a day. That was my problem before surgery, too.