Thanks guys, I'm going to send my surgeon an email in a minute and see what his opinion is. I know I won't need it in the long run, just the first few days. I wasn't worried at all after the first surgery because to me it's not as important as far as recovery goes (i.e. no need to retrain the bowels/sphincters). But this one is really going to determine how the rest of my life will be. Granted,I know I could always opt for a perm. ilieo, but I really really want this to work.
I think the real reason I'm worried is because none of the UC meds ever worked for me. Doc's would always say "oh this drug has such a high success rate, it'll have to work" and then it did nothing for my symptoms. So I always think of myself in that percentage of people who don't get relief from medical intervention. Luckily, surgery is not the same as meds and I feel like I'm in the "success" percentage after the 1st surgery. I'm crossing my fingers that the same will be true after the reversal.
I'm totally the type of person who will worry over the possibility that things will go wrong, and I don't want that to have a negative influence on my recovery. My dad is a licensed hypnotist, but hypnosis hasn't been enough to keep me thinking happy thoughts.
Again, thanks for the input :)
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008