After surgery, you'll want to walk a lot and chew gum to help get your system moving. The sooner you get output, the sooner you can go home. In case the doctor hasn't told you yet, it can take up to 2 weeks to get output, but most people get it within a day or two. My system had to be stubborn and take 10 days!
Before you go to the hospital, you'll want to shave the little blonde hairs on the side of your belly where the stoma is going to be, because that will save you from the pain of having to rip them out one by one the first time you change the wafer!
Also, ask the nurse for a bunch of adhesive remover wipes to use when you remove your wafer. That will also save you from being in pain the first time you have to remove it. The wafer and clear pouch they put on you after surgery are nothing like the ones you will be using when you get home. They are terrible, and so is the cheap plastic clip they use to close the pouch.
When they mark your stoma site, make sure they put it low enough so that you can still wear lower rise clothes without it showing. They should assign an ostomy nurse to help you before and after surgery. Mine was wonderful. She showed me how to change my wafer and gave me a ton of free supplies.
Bring a small pillow with you to press against your stomach after surgery. It will help ease any pain when you have to get in and out of bed.
Ask your surgeon in advance for a pain pump. That will become your best friend after surgery, because you will be able to press a button to receive pain medicine. If you don't have one, you would have to wait for a nurse to give it to you, which can sometimes take up to an hour.
A little bit of mouthwash in your pouch is an excellent and inexpensive deodorizer.
Definitely bring your cell phone and a laptop, so you can call and email family and friends.
Last, but not least, bring a pair of eye shades. They come in handy for daytime naps and when they flip on the lights in the middle of the night!
Everything is going to be great, and remember, you'll soon be UC free for life!!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)