Thanks everyone for the advice!
I met the surgeon, and he is great. I actually need 3 surgeries. Sad.
Oh well. Got the first surgery scheduled in just a few weeks.
Flare is starting up again, coming off the pred, but I guess I can deal with it.
My insurance covers exactly 2 colorectal surgeons, so I chose the one I thought was best.
I did talk to someone with a J-pouch. My husband is a nurse and works with her. I thought her best advice was to make sure I get a wound nurse.
I am losing weight (a good thing, in my case) and probably need to buy some pants before I meet with the ostomy nurse to get marked. Suggestions?
Did you all lose a bunch of weight with the surgery? I assume there will be swelling involved too. What did you take to wear home from the hospital?
I am a bit nervous about the ostomy! Wow, it sounds like a lot of work and headache.
I appreciate your help!