So 2 days after surgery - sitting in the chair rather than bed. It was adhesions causing the blockage - no visible disease and no stoma - what a relief. Thank you for all of your good wishes. Still in the critical care ward but feeeling much better today. Yesterday was excruciating as they had to stop the epidural because I couldn't move my legs but pain is under control now with one of those buzzer things you press. Ironically the most uncomfortable feeling I have now is an urge to do a poo but obviously there's nothing there!!!
Feeling quite odd because the person in the bed next to me has just died - I've never heard the last rites being said before. It's just made me realise how incredibly lucky I am. Anyway, I don't want to end this on a downer, it was just a very strange and sad experience. It just goes to show again how we need to be grateful for everything that we get through.
Lots of love and best wishes