You will be fine and will not regret your decision. Even after having had a blockage and another surgery this past week (RARE!!!), I still don't regret this. It will really give you your life back. I promise.
My surgery was rather last minute--met with the surgeon on a Monday and he squeezed me in for surgery on Thursday. I was so sick that i was going 25 times a day and not eating, so he didn't have me do any prep at all. I actually took Lomotil for the drive to the hospital, lol! I was on pred--40mg a day at that point. A few days after surgery my surgeon lowered me to 25 (!!!) and then went down 5mg a week after that, and now I'm med-free!!! :D
As for what to bring: I agree about
bringing an outfit that's comfy to go home in. Is your surgery going to be laproscopic? Will you have a colostomy since your colon is ok, or an ileo? either way, your stomach will be a bit swollen, as will your stoma, and your incisions will be sore, so loose pants are good. :) You'll want to wear a hospital gown when yhou're there, but bring undies and comfy bras (I chose sports bras) to wear underneath. You may want to wear underwear that you don't care much about
in case it gets anything on it.
My "must" list for the hospital:
book to read
makeup (if you feel well enough to put it on, it is nice to have)
brush (again, if you feel up to it, it's nice to look somewhat functional)
They will sometimes give you a welcome thing full of a toothbrush, lotion, toothpaste, a comb, etc, but it's nice to have your own.
I had laproscopic surgery both times and was in the hospital for about
4 nights. You really will be fine! I'm thinking about
you! Good luck on Tuesday. :)
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10!
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention).