Hi miraclelayne and welcome,
I'll try to answer as much as I can for you:)
Your surgeon will schedule your surgery.
You usually can pick when you want it as long as it's not right away as most surgeons are booked, so if you want it in a couple of mos. you can most likely pick the date.
If you haven't had all of the pretesting for inertia, your surgeon may require you to have it:sitz marker, analrectol manometry, etc.
Get your housework done, shopping :) there's lots of great information on the Total Colectomy Part 20 thread, but honestly sometimes the less you know the better it might be. I went into this whole thing with the mindset of this is going to fix me and I am finally going to be better. I read about 5 posts before my surgery so I didn't really know what things could possibly happen and I was very mentally prepared for the surgery...my husband on the other hand cried 3/4 of the way there...we had a 3 hour drive to my surgeon/hospital...so I spent my ride telling him I was going to be fine :)
And I was...when you read my post on the bottom you will see all I've been through so you will know that I too have scar tissue issues. Fortunately for me I have most of mine removed 3 years ago but my surgeon still insisted on doing an open surgery because of scar tissue because they have to remove it, it just makes for a longer surgery.
I was in the hospital for 5 days, had an epidural for pain control-ask about this-it's the best-also ask about an NG tube-you don't want any surprises when you wake up...that was probably the worst part of the surgery-did have 20+bms to begin with, am now down to 3-8, am still on a low residue/fiber diet-have NEVER felt better-haven't had ANY complications :) went back to work after 6 wks.
Just to let you know mine was a subtotal because they left 2 inches of the large intestine.
If you have any more questines, ask away, and try not to worry...really be amazed at how good you feel.
Blessings, prayers, and peace
It's an electronic device that holds music/books on tape/tv shows that you can download from your computor or CDs, etc; my kinesioligist told me to get one before my surgery and now I'm totally addicted :) I take it everywhere...to work so when the little sweethearts leave and I'm still at school for 2 hours I listen to it, and to all my appointments so while I'm waiting in the waiting room I have something to listen too. Several of my doctors have asked me what I'm listening to when they enter the room so then we start talking about our music likes and dislikes...it makes for a nice connection with people too :)...sooooooo if you don't have one...I highly recommend one
Hope everyone is doing well...I continue to pray for all of you:)
Blessings, peace and prayers
Anything to help you girls and guys too ! I just want you to feel as good as I do!!!!
I truly wish you the very best on Monday; I will be praying for you. As for the diet...I continue to be on a low residue/fiber diet, my surgery was in July...most aren't on the diet for this long but it works for me...healing takes a LONG time...you may be healed on the outside, but inside it takes six mos up to a year...I went back to work full-time after 6 weeks and I teach 1st graders...yes I was VERY tired for several weeks but you persevere...I also co-teach so it helped to another person in the room...I also hired someone to do my housework for the first 8 weeks because thihs surgery has a high rate of getting a hernia...I was definitely not going to risk that...I took EVERY precaution due to not wanting to miss ANY work...I only get 10 days a year and for the last six years I have had to use then and borrow many from the sick bank so my goal this year is to not use my 10 days ...if you have an ipod, take it with you...it helps during the night to block out all the hospital sounds...I am now TOTALLY addicted to mine...sleep with it every night...my husband calls it my boyfriend ...the bathroom will be your best friend for a while but before you know it, things will slow down just watch what foods you it...it really makes a difference...use WIPES instead of toilet paper...they will definitely be your best friend ...you might also want to keep A&D ointment on hand in the beginning...thiings get pretty sore at first...sorry but just being real...
Just want you to know that this is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me besides my husband and daughters and I didn't have any complications...I had an open surgery that lasted 3 1/2 hours, was only in the hospital 5 days and ...if you can get an epidural for pain control, get one...it's the best...they put it in following the surgery while you're in recovery
If you have anymore questions, just ask, I usually check this site 3-4 times during the weekend...I'll be thinking of you tomorrow as you are doing your prep
Blessings, peace and prayers,