Hello Everyone...It's been a little over three weeks since my surgery....overall things are going we'll....I have to say the first week was tough! I mean real tough! If it wasn't for my Brother and Girlfriend I'm not sure how I would have faired, they were a Godsend!...since I left the Hospital I've been feeling a little better each day except for my shoulders and back! They're a mess right now. I just can't seem to get any consistent relief. You'd think it would be the sternum but that's been fine! It's my back and arms that are killing me! Any advice from anyone who experienced this?....with that said I do feel very blessed with the outcome thus far. My Surgeon was Dr. Paul Stelzer from Mt. Sinai, he's amazing!.....just one piece of advice that I would give to anyone about to go through this....be PATIENT with yourself, just because you read somewhere that this person was doing great after a week or this person is walking this much or this person is lifting this much or this person is going back to work after only this much time--DO NOT JUDGE YOURSELF BY WHAT OTHERS HAVE ACHIEVED--I've learned very quickly that each us are built differently and what you may be capable of doing is NOT what I maybe capable of doing, our bodies are different and heal at different rates so please be patient with yourself, you just had open heart surgery!!! That's it, thanks to those people who wished me well and thanks to Adam Pick for such a terrific website! God Bless You All!