I developed preclampsia (sp) 7 days before I was to deliver. It developed and got worse over night. So, I had to have an emergency c-section the next morning.
I was really only in pain for a week or so. I went back to work 4 days after I came home from the hospital. I would just recomend sending the kids to grandmas if possible, or if dad can take off a week or so. Then just get all the rest you can, and you should heal alot faster. The pain medications that they give you help out alot also.
It only sucked because I didn't have any energy at all. Walking from the couch to the sink felt like I had run a marathon.