Katrina, wishing you all the best for a quick and speedy recovery. If Bratcat is any indication, you will be so much happier. Yes you will be in pain afterwards (yay for pain meds). It is an adjustment but soon after you'll be feeling great. Wish we lived closer, we would come visit! At least we can keep in touch by computer.
We are on Long Island. Bratcat had her surgery at North Shore. I don't know anything about going in to the hospital the day before. Bratcat had to be there 2 hours before surgery. Bring an iPod or some mp3 player. You can listen to music that makes you feel good and it also helps drown out some of the routine hospital noise.