After open heart surgery, when do you think it's reasonable to expect to be able to get kids off to school and fix meals, clean the house a little, etc. If you worked in an office, when did you go back? My mother-in-law is coming to help out, which is lovely. But in the interest of keeping the peace, I want to make sure she doesn't plan to stay longer than she needs to. She also has a job to get back to. It's hard to plan when people aren't local! Thanks for your advice.