Please please please don't rush into making your decision and really really think it through properly. I was so desperate to get something done to stop what I was going through with the disease and thought I would be totally ok with it the whole way through. When I was sat there in the appt - which i assume is the same as you are having monday, my surgeon and consultant kept saying to me 'are you absolutely sure this is what you want? Are you completely and fully aware of the consequences? etc. When the decision was made for a temp loop ileostomy with an internal pouch, and 2nd revision surgery planned a few months later I went home sooo happy.But over the next few days it began to sink in but I decided I would be fine and just didn't think about it too much.
Of course the surgery came round so quick and I realised I hadn't let myself prepare for it properly. Once I'd had the surgery it was a very different situation to what I had felt during that appointment. I became much more aware of just how difficult it all can be to manage. I wouldn't change what I have had done but I most certainly wish I had prepared myself better by asking the surgeons so many more questions than I did. I am 7 weeks post surgery now, and (bearing in mind I seem to have had nothing but problems - I spent nearly the whole of the first month in hospital.) I still cannot believe how much harder it has been emotionally and physically than I thought - for me mainly it has been issues with the stoma/bag.
One other thing that I also didn't think to ask is whether they are doing key hole or an insicion. I came round from the surgery with an ugly, although very neat, 6 inch scar running from 2 inches above my belly button all the way down to my pubic bone area.
I don't say all this to scare you, and of course none of us know how we are going to feel until we have actually had the op. I just want to say to you please think it through thoroughly, ask everything you think of, and if possible don't rush your decision..it is life changing and is an emotional journey - perhaps more than you realise at this point. :)
24 y/o female from UK dx with UC (Proctitis) Jan 08. Never fully been in remission, resistant to nearly all meds tried. Also dx with IBS. Proctocolectomy+pouch surgery with temp loop ileostomy 9th April 11.
Currently taking daily:Tramadol, 20mg MSR (slow-release Morphine), 40mg Loperamide, Cyclizine, 60mg Seroxat (anti-anxiety), Multivitamins+Iron