Everything will be fine!
The pain medicine will help keep you comfortable after surgery, so you don't have to worry about
being in pain.
It's important to walk as much as possible while you're in the hospital, so pack a robe and slippers. Walking helps wake up the bowel, and the sooner things start moving, the sooner you can eat solid food and go home. Every time my husband came to visit me in the hospital, which was about
3 times a day, I would hold his arm and walk a few laps around the halls. The nurses will walk with you, too, but they are busy helping other patients, so it's good to walk with family and friends when they stop by to visit.
Complications are not as common as you may think, because the people who have had surgery without any problems are not on here posting about
problems, because they didn't have any. Just try to focus on the positive reasons why you're having this done. It is a learning curve at first, but before you know it, it will all become second nature.
Some other things that I brought to the hospital were eye shades, ear plugs, magazines, cell phone with charger, laptop, over-the-counter Gas-X, and hard candies. Trapped gas can be painful, so having some Gas-X on hand will spare you from having to wait several hours for the nurse to contact the doctor to prescribe it to the hospital pharmacy. The hard candies will help wake up the bowel and give you something tasty in your mouth before you get to eat any solid food.
Just try to relax by taking deep breaths and thinking positive thoughts. We're all here to help answer any questions you may have and so is your Ostomy Nurse, so there's no need to worry. You're in my thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery and recovery!
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.