I was on 10 mg. pred. b4 surgery. I've been on it for about 4 years with no luck of getting off b/c of flare. Don't worry about getting off of them b4, you want to feel your best, and besides, they'll probably put you on it post surgery too. I'm on 30mg with a slooooow taper (started on 40mg and taper 10 mg. every 2 weeks, then once at 20mg, taper by 5mgs). They put me on that b/c they said post surgery you need a "stress dose." B/c surgery can cause lots of inflammation too. (Just like labor) My original surgery (colectomy) I was on a faster taper-to be off of it in a couple of weeks, but b/c I got abcsesses and had to have another surgery and more inflammation, they wanted me to take it even slower this time. I HATE IT! I get ALL the side effects ('roid rage, acne, puffy face, weight gain, hot flashes, insomnia, rapid heart rate, osteopenia, eye probs, what am I forgetting....)
about being away from my daughter while in hospital-That was definitely the hardest part!!! Oh I missed her so much. But she had my parents and husband alternating time with her, and she visited often. She took it really well, to my surprise. She was so laid back and usually she's such a mommy's girl. The tough part is now b/c you're not susposed to lift for like 6 weeks (yeah right!) and I get sore still.
But I don't have to say "Just a minute honey, mommy has to poopy again!" :)
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/08 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, zofran, immodium, lovonox, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)
"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."