If you or someone you know is having bypass surgery, or really any surgery that requires breaking open and spreading the ribcage (ouch), know that you should expect six to eight weeks to recover just from the injury of having your ribcage broken open and spread. My mom and I didn’t really understand that; I don’t think the doctor mentioned it, and we didn’t think to ask. Even Barbara Walters’ documentary a couple of weeks ago was light on this detail, though one or two of her interviewees did say the recovery took longer than they expected. We finally heard “six to eight weeks” yesterday from a doctor who was actually satisfied with what he saw of her recovery to date.
The next doctor, though, was charged with looking further, and things aren’t quite completely right, as Mom has a little fluid buildup in areas where she shouldn’t have this. So we can’t say how hard it should be, I guess. Maybe we needed to do more Internet searching or something. Yeah, I now sound like a noob. (Hey, this blog ain’t WebMD, y’know.) Anyway… in case you’re wondering, there ya go; 6–8 weeks, though mileage may vary, I suppose. After that, you’ll probably really appreciate what the surgery did for you.*
(* Unless you get the surgery in extreme urgency. Then you’d probably appreciate being in pain and weak, as opposed to not being here at all. But this was not quite my mother’s case; it was just urgent.)