Kym Marsh was forced to miss BBC Morning Live today after having hernia surgery at the weekend.
The former Coronation Street star, 44, appeared on the show from her bed via video call to offer her co-host on the show, Gethin Jones, an update.
Whiston-born Kym, who underwent keyhole surgery after months of discomfort, said she had stayed in hospital overnight after "complications".
She said: "What I had originally was diagnosed as inguinal hernia which they said can be caused by sport and obviously I train quite a lot.
"And then when they went in and had a look they found what they call a femoral hernia, which is slightly less common.
"It is more common in women apparently, women that have had children.
"That was my Saturday, so that was nice. I ended up having to stay overnight because I hit a few complications but I am OK, I am doing alright. I am a bit sore.
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"It is really painful and weirdly because I had it done keyhole the pain I am getting more than anything is from where they have gone in with the instrument rather than the actual groin area."
The former Hear'Say star and mother-of-three admitted she was finding it difficult to home school her nine-year-old daughter Polly whilst mostly bedbound.
She said: "I am still trying to struggle through that. I think most parents will feel my pain when I say it is not easy trying to home school.
"The great thing is this time round is that kids are - certainly from my experience with Polly's school - there seems to be much more structure and teachers are doing Zoom chats and everything. Even lessons with the children when we can.
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"But then there is more pressure to finish those particular tasks for that day. I am trying my hardest to get through but obviously now throw in this operation, it's not going to be easy."
Kym also praised her Army major partner Scott Ratcliffe, who serves in the Parachute Regiment, for his help around the house.
She said: "He's already got up this morning, helped me set up this chat, made me something to eat so I can take my painkillers."