Denise, Joy, Gerdisawful, Amandapanda, Bill, Lilfox...Thank You so much for your replies! It's very good to hear everyone's experiences, it will help me to know what to expect. Bittersweet, I will be thinking of you as I go into surgery and hoping all goes well for you. Bill thank you for the advice on the plumbing issues. My IBS is more C since my last surgery this past October. Having to take fiber and colace every day/night. So hopefully it will end the need for that and maybe I'll balance out. Before that surgery it was IBS-D, so one can hope, LOL. LIlfox, I do remember the catheter feeling from my last surgery as well. That was a total vaginal hysterectomy. In Oct '09 I had my appendix removed. It's been 3 years of misery but these digestive problems are the worst. I'm lucky to be out of bed at all anymore, it's agony. Though ya'll know this already. UGH. I was wondering if I would have the catheter again, (it's kinda nice not having to try to make it to the bathroom with those boots to get off and on). I am 45 btw, so Lilfox, I am going to be thinking of you when I am recovering for my inspiration! :) Thank you ALL again, for advice and support. I'm not sure what questions to ask, I just know I have a million "what ifs, what about's, etc)... so I appreciate ANY shared experiences. My pre-op is Monday, getting nervous.