i was 29 when i had surgery too! and i was worried and scared and came up with some of the dumbest reasons in the world to not go through with surgery! and you will probably come up with some weird stuff between now and then, just keep remembering why you are doing it! Find something that you can't do now that is important to you, that you will be able to do after surgery and keep focusing on that. For me, it's the crayon drawings on my shower wall that my then two year old son put there while he was having to play in the bathroom all the time while i was too sick. Kept me going, and keeps me going now, in the rare occasion that i think, ugh what the heck!!! In four years i have probably thought that, tops, 10 times.
and i promise it isn't horrible. I don't know what kind of stuff you like to do, but i can tell you what i like to do that i can with my ileo, going anywhere i want, clubs, cruises, shopping, out to eat, eating anything i want, wearing anything i want (except a bikini, but noone wants to see that anyway!) I now have enough energy to stay outside and clean up my yard. i can hang out in my pool for hours and not worry about having to run to the bathroom, i can use my hottub. i don't know if it's important to you, but alcohol is still ok, there really isn't anything you can't do. the only major thing that annoys me, is that i had to swtich to putting stuff in my left pocket instead of my right! because i'm bad to put anything and everything in my pockets and after i stuck a pair of earrings in my pocket right next to my bag, i decided that was bad! It's not a huge thing and i'm used to it now, it was just the only thing that really annoyed me. Now what a silly little thing, lol.
what im trying to tell you with that is, that's the only thing i can find that i don't like about having an ileo, out of all the things in my life, thats the only thing it affected!
about your prep, i've done those pills, and while they are better, they are not good. they are really salty or something, and don't take them with lemonade, big mistake on my part, lol. Just keep remembering when you are having to take them that it's the LAST time, ever!!!
good luck and ask anything you want!
Oh and very important, when you go to get marked, be sure you wear your normal clothes, so that you will have good placement, that's very important
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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