I've never had to deal with anything like this before, so I figured I'd ask a bunch of strangers on the internet about what to expect. All things considered, things could've been a lot worse. About a couple weeks ago, my mom starts experiencing some chest pains. She calls up her general practitioner, and they schedule her in for the 27th. It wasn't all that terrible at the time, so he accepts it, writes down the appointment on the calendar, and tries to go on with life. Things went well until just this last Thursday when apparently it became much worse. It was touch and go. One minute it'd hurt, the next the minute it'd be fine, so she tries to grin and bear it. By the next day, it's apparently so bad she can barely endure it. Since dad was at work at the time, she calls me up, says she's hurting. I talk her through it, asking all kinds of dumb questions. "Are you short on breath? Dizzy? Light headed? Anything like that?" "No. It just hurts. Like how your chest feels when you've been running outside in cold weather." "Do you think it's a heart problem? Doctor said you came out fine on your last exam, didn't he?" "Yeah. I don't think it is." "I'm at a loss then. Maybe you just pulled a muscle. You remember cracking your sternum on anything?" Needless to say, I'm not a doctor, and no one should take any medical advice I ever give ever for all time. I tell her to call up her doctor, and see if they can squeeze her in earlier. She does, and they do have an opening available later that day. But this time, the phrase "chest pains" set of some warning bells, and the doctors office suggests maybe calling an ambulance. You know, just in case. So to cut a long, long story full of drama short. She calls the ambulance, they give her a nitro pill, and the pain goes away, I meet her in the ER, talk to a bunch of people, go back home to get dad, drive back so he can follow me to the hospital, and blah blah blah. The tests for damage come back looking really good, but the bloodwork show that something's going on. Likey a small heart attack. She gets a room, and an appointment for the cath lab...on Monday. Cue a weekend of me driving around everywhere, taking care of everything and everyone, while dad stays with mom, and tries to keep her from killing nurses. No one, not the family, the nurses, nor the doctors assume it'll require anything more than a stint to repair. Then she gets the angiogram. All coronary arteries are clogged almost completely. She was on the cusp of having a true attack so severe, it would've left her bedridden for the rest of her greatly stunted life at best were it to happen. Here by the Grace of God was it caught before it happened. Even the doctors were stunned. "Geez, if we knew it was this bad, we would've had you here in the cath lab first thing last Friday". I want to say derp, but there really wasn't any evidence to suggest anything severe was going on. So what was once supposed to be an outpatient surgery has now become open heart. The good news is the prognosis is excellent, and she's expected to make a pretty damn near if not 100% full recovery since no real damage was done. It's not all doom 'n gloom. But I don't know what to expect immediately after the surgery. How long does it take to convalesce, anything we should watch out for, all that good stuff. I figured someone else here has gone through something similar, and I'd like to hear your takes on this.