I thought i'd let you know that it most certainly wasn't normal.
I woke up 4 days post op with a fever and feeling awful. Saw out of hours gp (it being a bank holiday weekend and all) who prescribed antibiotics as I told her I feared I was bleeding internally and I was worried about Sepsis. After 4 days on augmentin I felt no better, probably worse if I could remember the days - I still have some memory loss of that weekend. I got an emergency appointment with my consultant on the wednesday (ended up being palmed off to a registrar). They didn't believe I'd had a fever all weekend or that the bruising and swelling were worsening (my stomach had ballooned and was blacky purple all over). I requested a blood test to put my mind at ease (and a scan to which they said there was no need as I couldn't be bleeding and still talking to them). Blood test showed I was severely anaemic and needed a blood transfusion urgently, and that my infection markers were raised and I was in severe Sepsis. So rushed to A&E and admitted for IV antibiotics, blood, scans (funnily enough they found a slow bleed and some blood clots that had caused blood poisoning). If I'd left it and taken their word that it was fine I would have gone into organ failure.
After over 2 weeks I'm finally home, still on antibiotics, feeling exhausted. This has definitely set back my recovery.
If you are unsure of anything you need to persist to get it checked. Even if it comes back normal. Its better to be safe than sorry.
I've reposted this as a separate thread to hopefully make others aware of post op dangers.
Here's to the rest of the recovery being boring and uneventful!!!