Talk to your surgeon ahead of time about
pain management, make sure you're on the same page as in "you get pain meds when you need them", lol. Seriously, I always make a big issue about
pain management before hand, I don't like to ask for pain meds and be told by a nurse that it's not in my chart.
Be prepared for a little depression. Lordy knows a hospital stay alone is depressing enough, but learning to deal with an ostomy bag can seem overwhelming at first. I remember thinking my whole life revolved around poop. At least you have a little time to prepare yourself, but you will probably be a little depressed anyway. And no matter how bad you feel, remember it will get better. There is now a light at the end of the tunnel.
Good luck to you, keep us posted.
49 years old, Crohn's Disease
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery.