I'm fairly new to the ileostomy world...as my surgery was three weeks ago tomorrow. I had a severe case of UC and I am just so happy it's gone! The recovery from the surgery has been annoying b/c I'm impatient with having to take it easy. : ) However, for me, any kind of life without UC is the life for me. I find the ostomy a small price to pay for cure of my disease.
When we first decided I needed the surgery ASAP, I was given a sense of hope I hadn't realized I had lost. Then once the surgery was scheduled I was giddy for a few days then devestated about every other day until the surgery. : ) I was an emotional wreck! However, the day I was released from the hospital I was absolutely hyper and bouncing all over the place! I completely over did it and was in a lot of pain the following days and needed a stronger pain medication. : )
Now that I've gotten the hang of the ileostomy...which I call my 'accessory'...it's not really a big deal. I'm still sore and swollen so it's a little difficult for me to wear my normal clothes, but I know it won't be a problem once I'm completely healed. : )
I completely understand your concerns and I am so happy you're asking questions! Continue asking as you think of them...and no question is silly!!! I asked every question you could think of from expectations from the surgery to how soon can I get my nose ring back! So please ask away!!!