Thinking about it, under surgery, my heart ceased pumping for around 45 minutes, albeit with a heart lung machine as an understudy, only to be restarted once surgery had been completed. How amazing is that! Anyway,today I celebrate 4 weeks post op recovery. I've progressed during that period from 4 trips upstairs a day to 4 miles. Blood oxygen is around 96% and BP 130/70. Still reliant on paracetomol to keep discomfort rather than pain at bay and sleep is light but adeqate, sometimes topped up with a healing afternoon knap. My taste and appetite have improved but small meals the order of the day. As a result I've dropped about 6 kilos which to be fair, I could spare with the added bonus that people say how well I look, which is great for morale. The first two weeks I have to say we're a little grim, but perseverence with daily activity eventually began to improve my mobility. Still very little stamina but you just have to keep plugging away. So what has this first month taught me? Firstly, at best, open heart surgery is brutal so there are no short cuts or avoiding activity. You must get your heart and lungs up to scratch and rebuild your energy levels. Others will support you but you have to put in the effort. So establish a routine, setting your self achieveable goals so you can celebrate your success regularly. Secondly, accept that there will be bad days but focus on the good ones because before too long there will be mostly good days and a glimpse of the new healed you. It is a three month marathon not a sprint though, so learn to accept that you are there for the long game. Finally, get out there and socialise. All manner of friends / acqiantances will have been concerned for your welfare and eager to hear news of your recovery. Just don't over do it. This is just the perspective of someone who at 65 had an AVR which my surgeon described as "uneventful" with an "uncomplicated" post op recovery so I guess luck plays a big part. So I hope this provides some insight for those who are about to embark on their journey. Bon voyage!