I know you're going through a very scary time right now but soon you will feel better than you have felt in years. Fear of the unknown is difficult and hearing other people's stories is also adds to our anxiety but remember that everybody is different and people all heal differently.
This is the absolute best site to find support and love from people who understand what we are going through, but I know if I had read all the things that had happened to people on here before my surgery I would have been scared to death; instead, I read a couple of posts about the surgery and was determined I wasn't getting a bag and woke up without out one. Not saying that's the reason why I didn't get one, but I remained strong and had a very positve attitude before my surgery, my surgery was 3 hours away & my husband cried the whole way so I consoled him.
I know you're a strong person and you can do this! Everything will be fine just as mine was; before you know it you will be up and around and going back to work.
I do have a few suggestions for you: take an ipod to listen to at night so you don't hear all the hospital sounds; make sure you have wipes, I only use prep-H wipes, they will be your new best friend; I never use toilet paper any more, I also have a tube of A & D ointment not cream on hand at all times, you'll tend to get sore very easily, slippers that just slip on so you don't have to bend over to put them on, pjs didn't really work as I had a catherer, IVs & epidural, I didn't bring my laptop bc I wasn't sure about the hospital security, some books or magazines, but I downloaded movies on my ipod so I watched them.
Try not to worry too much; many of us have had great experiences and quick healing from this surgery. We are ALL here for you and will keep you in our prayers.
Blessings, peace and prayers,
spleen/appendix/gall bladder removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)