I wouldn't stress too much about anything before the surgery. I had mine at 7:00 in the morning. The first thing the nurses did after putting my IV in was take me over to what they called "cocktail hour." Then they put some heavenly substance in my IV that took all my worries away. I even didn't mind when they poked around in my spine trying to put the epidural in (which normally would TERRIFY me). Post-op, it is good to be vocal about your pain level. Don't try to tough it out. My epidural mixture wasn't ideal in the beginning, and I had them change it until I was basically pain free.
Be careful when it is time to switch over to oral pain meds. After a few days on the epidural, I tried to switch to oxycodone, but I hadn't really eaten anything yet. That stuff is not good on an empty stomach. I was sick to my stomach for an entire day after that which, with recently cut abdominal muscles, is not comfortable at all. So try to not rush the oral stuff.
I also really get headaches when I don't eat or have coffee, but that didn't effect anything post-op. There are bigger fish to fry at that point.
I know it is asking a lot, but try not to get too freaked out about it. Be vocal about your needs and 99% of the time, the nursing staff will do everything they can to make you comfortable. Just think how great it will be when it is done. I really hesitated getting my surgery, and now I have absolutely no regrets about having it done. It was one of the best decisions of my life.
Good luck. Hang in there.
Diagnosed January 2003
Budesonide (Entocort)- 9mg/day
Mycophenolate Sodium(Myfortic)- 720mg 2x/day
Mesalamine(Lialda)- 2400mg 2x/day
Infliximab(Remicaid)- 100mg every 8 weeks
Prednisone- as needed
Total laproscopic proctocolectomy with S-Pouch and ostomy placement June 2nd 2008
Ostomy takedown August 15th 2008