Pain is managed in the hospital. 24 hours after surgery be sure to get up and start walking and walk a lot during your stay. It will help with your recovery.
So glad to hear you are finally getting the surgery! We chatted a long while back when you were visiting with your family I think, it may have been over the summer. I had told you about the sitz marker test. If you've ever had any abdominal surgeries then this isn't a bad surgery at all. Do you know if you'll be getting an epidural following the surgery for pain control? This is VERY helpful, the only downfall is that you have to have a catheter for the whole time you have it in, but it's well worth it!!!!! Like Sue said, walk and walk and walk some more, that will help you the most! Is your surgery open or laparoscopy? Mine was open and I was only in for 5 days so there's hope that you won't have to stay in for 7.
I wish you the very best! My life has never been better and I hope you have just as good of an outcome! Take an ipod with you if you have one, it helps drown out the hospital sounds:)
Prayers are with you,
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis