My incision healed pretty quickly, although all my stitches and everything were internal so it was hard to tell.
I was in serious pain for about 4 days, I could hardly walk, although I tried. After the 4 days or so I felt better, but still couldn't sleep very well because of the pain. I was lucky because I live on one level, but one day, about 10 days after my surgery I tried to do some laundry in the basement. Bad idea, I could hardly get back up the stairs.
I don't know how I handled it, I just did because I had to I guess.
They tell you not to drive for 6 weeks, but then schedule you and your baby for doctor's appointments. I ended up having to drive after a week.
I had to have a c-section because of breech presentation, that's one of the most common reasons to have a c-section. Another big reason is "failure to progress", which is when you stop progressing during labor. The most common reason for "failure to progress"? An epidural. But that's neither here nor there.