Very exciting! So you got cleared despite the cough?
The anticipation is crazy... and tomorrow you just go to sleep and the next thing you know you'll wake up with a j-pouch. It's a crazy feeling. It was harder for me because my first op was VERY smooth and not very painful, but with your history I bet this one will feel like a breeze. Best of luck :)
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13