Many thanks for your reply. I am in the UK. I have no follow up appointments with the hospital. I have seen my own GP who has changed some of the painkillers I was on, checked the wounds are ok and that my temperature is fine.
The hospital informed me that they would arrange for the district nurse to come and see me on monday to remove the stitches, but I have not heard anything yet, so fingers crossed. Am feeling a bit better and am trying to keep moving (within reason). Is amazing how much you rely on your 'middle' for doing most things. The biggest challenge is getting out of bed without feeling that I am 'wrenching' my insides, though this too seems to be a little easier, or perhaps I am getting a little 'wiser'. As I have never experienced any thing like this before, it has all been a big shock. I will be putting my 'thoughts' down in writing to my hospital, as I cannot be the first person to feel 'abandoned' by them without any guidance.
Anyway, once again thanks for your reply.
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