I had two emergency resections in November '08 after finding abcesses caused by colon perfs. My surgeon removed about
8-12 inches of my colon on the left side and put "in" a temporary colostomy (which I am getting reversed in 10 days, yea!!!!!!) through a 4-5 inch
open incision from just above my belly button to just above privates. They had to leave the incision
open because of the abcess. I was recovering from this one ok, but not advancing my food intake of solids very well. So my doc ordered another Ct and found another abcess in the lower right quadrant of my abdomen. I went to surgery 4 hours later and woke to find myself getting a blood transfusion. I also woke to an ng tube that I got to keep for 3-4 days (that was not a lot of fun) and was in ICU overnight. My wife and I both (though neither of said anything until after I was home from the hospital) thought I was probably not going to make it through the next 24 hours. They had gone back in through the original incision, but expanded it upward (my scar is about
8-9 inches long now
and they will use this same incision to reverse my colostomy). I had been in the hospital for 10 days prior to the second surgery for dehydration and then the docs being unable to stop diarrhea (every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day for 3 days). I was in for another 11 days after surgery. the nurses were definitely making me get up and walk. I have a four year old daughter, who loved to help Daddy with his exercise and she would walk next to me through the halls while I pushed my IV pole. The nurses loved it.
Definitely do what the nurses tell you to when it comes to moving. It will help your body keep from getting blood clots, improve circulation, and help improve your strength.
Keep us posted.