glad to hear you are on the mend again - i take it the swelling etc is under control now and your bowel is functioning as it should, albeit several times a day?? Are you in control of your bowels hopestar - a question i ask everyone that has had this op - and can you get out and about ok, or is it too early yet to say??
Congratulations on your decision...my family took the plunge several years ago and it was the BEST thing we've done yet!!! It didn't happen overnight, you might crave certain "no no's" but know that the end result is fantastic.
Remember to take it easy on the excercising until you've built up your stamina and water is definately better than any amount of crystal light...have you tried just squeezing a little lemon juice into a big glass of water with ice? I love it that way:)