Absbabs, I'm a patient of Dr. Singh's and he's wonderful! I'm so glad you're seeing him. I'm convinced you couldn't have a better surgeon in the Atlanta area. This time last year, I was where you are now except that I have (had) UC instead of CI. I met with Dr. Singh the previous March, but never thought I would come back and then last September '07 found myself in his office again crying about how sick and tired I was of being sick and tired all the time. I read your Christmas post and all those feelings came rushing back. You put into words what some many of us have felt. Anyway, Dr. Singh did a total colectomy with a j-pouch (step 1 of a 2-step j-pouch surgery) and a temporary ileostomy. I'm not sure exactly what you're having done. He did the surgery laparoscopically also. When I woke up (surgery was approx. 4-5 hrs), I had a tiny incision above my belly button where the scope went in, a 4" incision along my bikini line that was closed with steri-strips, a drain hanging from the left side of my abdomen and a "medicine ball" hanging from the right side of my abdomen. And of course, there was a lovely ileostomy bag hanging about 2" to the right and down from my belly button. It was quite a lot to absorb! The staff at Piedmont is wonderful! They tried to get me up and walking about 1 or 2 hours after I got to my room, but I was nauseous when I sat up and couldn't make it past the chair. Later that evening I made it to the sink. And sometime during the night I made it to the nurses station. Walking is KEY! The more you walk, the quicker you'll get home. I was in the hospital for 8 days the first time and 5 days the second time for my takedown.
I have to run right now, but I'll check back in later. Please feel free to ask questions. There are lots of great people here who can answer most or all of your questions and concerns and I'll be glad to speak with you about anything to do with Dr. Singh or Piedmont Hospital specifically. I'm always telling people how I wish I could find a good paying job just helping people through the horrors that we go through. It's hard to talk to "normal colon" people about this stuff.