Glad the fish and chips helped out. I had an episiotomy with my first and was terrified but they gave me stool softeners in the hospital and it wasn't a huge deal when it happened a few days later. With my second though they didn't give me any softeners and I didn't think to ask and let me tell you what a horrible experience that was. Possibly more painful that giving birth and it had nothing to do with stitches because with that birth I tore diagonally upwards so I was damage free below. But ouch it was awful. So with this baby I made sure to remind them to give me stool softeners and I took milk of magnesia when I got home just for good measure. Worked like a charm.
PS: *hugs* hoping your episiotomy heals quickly! Those aren't the most fun thing to do with postpartum especially when it comes to sitting or being very active for the first few weeks.