Paul had his stoma surgery for suspected bowel cancer on Monday. It took six hours, but he managed to get up for a brief walk yesterday, plus ten minutes on Skype.
His sister told me that they are waiting to see if the the growth removed had spread into the nearby bowel membrane, which was removed with it. This will decide whether he will need chemotherapy or not.
Neil, our mutual friend, has had a similar gut operation and is now fully recovered. I think talking to him has been very useful for keeping Paul positive.