life begins after surgery...you will be able to do ALL the things you did/wanted to do, but couldn't because of your disease. I know people who mountain climb, sail, ride horses (me), swim and more since they've had surgery. Recovery is different for everyone and will differ if your surgery is lapro or open, but it isn't bad...you have so many possitives to look forward to and EVERY DAY is better than the one before:)
As to the pouches, I definately like opaque w/filters (but, not all filters work well...so find the one for you!). Get sample of products from the big companies - the national ostomy assoc lists all of them with their websites...I think it is www.uoaa.org
Good luck and let us know how you are doing!!
Post Edited (JrNYC) : 10/17/2008 8:59:10 AM (GMT-6)
NOW ON WAITING LIST FOR A TOTAL COLECTOMY -
SHOULD BE EARLY 2009 -
Scared as told it is 50/50 i could be incontinent and need a bag....
Ken, if you call your surgeon's office on Monday, he will probably call in a prescription for some anti-anxiety medicine for you if you ask for it. They will also give you some right before they put you under for the surgery, so you will be in la la land.
When you wake up from surgery, you will be in recovery, so don't hesitate to speak up to the nurses for immediate pain medicine. If you get the pain under control quickly, it will make all the difference those first couple of hours.
Also, I would choose just one person, like your girlfriend, to be by your side when you get out of surgery. You will want her there to assure you that everything is okay, but you won't want your entire family there staring at you or trying to talk to you. At least, that's how I felt after my surgery. I didn't mind seeing people the next day or talking on the phone, but that first night, I just wanted my husband there.