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missing in action 10-27-2011 - 07:01 PM
prior to my surgery I made a promise to myself that I would allow myself to fully heal before going back to work. I'm so bored!

Tomorrow will be three weeks since my surgery. Overall, I feel ok, my incision is healing nicely. I saw my doctor on the 17th to have the staples removed, it wasn't bad. I see her again, this monday. I was going to asked her permission to return to work. However, everyone I talk to say it's not a good idea. Then today, I read in the post op forum, a post of someone wanting to return to work after 2 weeks. Most of the responses where "don't do it".

I'm taking it as a sign and will try my best to keep the promise I made to myself.

I admit, I broke some of the restrictions I was given. Like, around day 4 I starting walking up stairs {I couldn't sleep on the sofa anymore}, and I drove myself to my doc's appointment {although she said it was ok}. I really haven't had any pain, even right after the surgery, despite have an TAH, w/vertical incision, the pain never really was more than a 2...if that. However, I took the medication per the request of my doc's orders. While remembering what I learned here..."stay on top of pain". I've learned so much here. My bowel movement, came four days after the surgery, i ate lots of prunes and drank plenty of cranberry juice.

More recently, I find that I'm fighting with insomnia. My sleep patterns are off. I rest most of the day but come night fall I can't. My doc gave me a Rx for ambien. As the pharmacist started going over the side effects, I told him I was afraid to take it. We laughed, he told me to start with half a tablet. It took me a few days to try it. I didn't like it! It gave me a headache. Now, I'm falling asleep at 1-2 a.m.

Most days, I'm home resting, eating and watching LOTS of TV. Law & Order...Law & Order!!! I've shopped with my mother, and met friends out for meals.

Overall, I can't complain one bit about how well my recovery is going. Mentally, I believe I'm ok, but I'll admit that each day I keep thinking I'm going to crash.

machchic said at 10-30-2011 - 08:58 AM
Hey girl, I am glad things are going well for you. I have left you alone to recover and respect your privacy. I was glad to see your post, I was wondering how you are doing.

I am doing great. I definitely could have gone back to work last week but 11/7 is my Dr. day so I will take it. I am walking every day 3-4 miles and lifting some weights (3-5 pounds) doing what ever I can not to gain weight. I feel like I could eat all the time out of boredom. I get so bored until I think of work and cracking open the work computer then I find something to do.

I know when I get back they will expect 150%. I feel if I would have gone back early I would have had more sympathy. Oh well gotta live with it now.

My only concern is when I walk my stomach swells terribly. No more pain meds, really did not need them. Now that I look back on it I only took them at night so I sleep. I have terrible insomnia. I went to bed at 11:00 last night and finally fell asleep at 5:40am. I just feel jittery and my mind race.

So glad you are doing well, looking back you were so apprehensive, and you had a good attitude going in and did great. Miss our talks. Please take care.





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