thank you all!! I am kind of worried, because of the size of my hernia. As I said, i'm "large" and I swear it looks like I have a third breast. I can't even suck in my stomach. It isn't over my stoma site, but over the top of my incision. I keep reminding myself, four more nights of work, and then i'm off the entire month of december, starting at around 7 am on december 1st!! Until sometime in January!! i'm so ready. I will NOT plan another surgery for next december, so i'm off for the holidays next year. <G>
Epidurals scare me, because i've seen to much of what can go wrong, to quick with them. I'm a registered nurse, and have seen the good and bad with them. I had a dilaudid pca with my last surgery, and that worked wonderfully for me. I know, I need to get up and walk as soon as possible after surgery, and go slow with food intake. i'm just so not ready for the pain!!
Don't worry, i'll update everyone. I bought a laptop, just so I can use it while in the hospital, and so far i've had no problems getting online in the hospital. I work on the same floor, that i'll be on post op.