Welcome! I suffered with Crohn's for 7 years before surgery, so I can't imagine what you've been through after 17 years with it.
There's a thread on here from RobynByrd called "Soon Getting Permanent Ileo!" that has a lot of good information about what to bring to the hospital, etc. You might want to check it out.
Good luck on the 29th. You'll be amazed at how much better life is going to be once you're healthy!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Post Edited (summerstorm) : 1/25/2009 1:40:46 PM (GMT-7)
Sammies, please don't be so hard on yourself. You have a bowel disease that you have no control over, because if you did, you wouldn't have it, right? Your co-workers care about you and just want you to be able to relax before having surgery.