Good luck on Wednesday! I'll be thinking about
you and praying for you.
One thing the doctor didn't tell me was that the stoma can take up to two weeks to start working. Mine was a slow-poke and took 10 days. Don't let them take you off the IV fluids too soon, because the first couple of days that it does start working, it puts out A LOT, and you don't want to get dehydrated. Once you start eating food, the output will thicken and things will slow down, too.
Oh, another important thing, you will definitely want to shave the little blonde hairs on your belly before surgery, because it is sooo painful to rip the hairs out one by one the first time you remove the wafer. Just shave the side where the wafer is going to go, which will be to the right of your belly button. Trust me, this will save you a lot of pain.
Also, bring some gum to chew and hard candies to suck on. When you can't have food, that helps stimulate your digestive system. And don't forget to walk, walk, walk! The sooner your stoma starts working, the sooner you can go home!
Everything is going to go great! I'm glad you're bringing your laptop, so you can keep in touch.
You are soon to be... UC-free at 16!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)