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Upcoming January hysterectomy: Back to REMOTE work post-op Upcoming January hysterectomy: Back to REMOTE work post-op

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Unread 11-24-2021, 07:43 PM
Upcoming January hysterectomy: Back to REMOTE work post-op

I have a question about returning to work, and I am only seeing information here about physically returning to work/ driving, etc. What about returning to REMOTE work? How soon after surgery would women typically be able to think clearly enough to work in their home office, 10 feet away from their bed? I have a very demanding job, and since the pandemic we've been great at remote work. I need to know how much vacation time to request asap, and planning for coverage at work. Is it realistic to go back to REMOTE work after a week? I just need to be able to drag myself to the shower and put on a shirt and makeup for Zoom, and to think clearly to deal with a semi-stressful job. For those of you with remote jobs, when did you "return" to work?
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Unread 11-24-2021, 09:14 PM
Re: Back to REMOTE work

Hi Eversten -

Work takes way more energy than you realize - even remote work. I do not think one week will be enough for you to dedicate 8 hours or more to your work. That is even more important, as you say your job is very demanding. At one week, you will still be exhausted, sore, and not in the mood to deal with all the work craziness. Talk to your doctor, but you may want to wait much longer. And then, you may want to go back part time at first, if possible. See how flexible your work is.

When I had my surgery 10 years ago, I went back to work in the office after 3 weeks (i.e., not remote back then) to a moderate stress scientific job that requires mental attention. I could only handle part time work for another 4 weeks. After that, I went back full time but could not do any OT.

Keep in mind that having a hysterectomy is MAJOR SURGERY. You really need to think in terms of weeks and not days for your recovery.

Unread 11-25-2021, 08:13 AM
Re: Upcoming January hysterectomy: Back to REMOTE work post-op

I have a sit down job but my boss is letting me work from home until i feel like i can come in the office. I am 2 weeks post op and my doctor just released me to go back Monday but only for 1/2 days to see how i do and then we will reevaluate on Friday to see what the next week looks like. When i asked her what she thought she really says its up to each person and how they feel. 6 weeks is the full recovery period so i dont think there is an easy answer until after you see how your surgery goes. Hugs!
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Unread 11-26-2021, 12:50 PM
Re: Upcoming January hysterectomy: Back to REMOTE work post-op

I went back to work this week after 7 weeks post op. I have been extremely tired post 1pm and in a lot of discomfort to the extent I have had to put my feet up for most of the afternoons and gone back on the anti inflammatories Feeling a little better today having gone to bed very early last night. I was in tears yesterday morning with frustration and pain and that takes a lot.

I work remotely too so no driving to be concerned about, but my job requires a lot of mental agility and I’ll admit to have struggled this week.

Please do not underestimate the fatigue you are likely to experience, I thought I was superwoman and would be back at work as if nothing had happened after 4 weeks. I was wrong.

I spoke to my Dr yesterday and she confirmed that she councils most women that it will be 3 months before you are back to “normal”. Everyone is different and your healing process will be unique to you. If I can offer my advice, plan for at least a month if you can to relieve any going back to work pressure and then if you feel up to it earlier have a conversation with them.
Unread 11-26-2021, 02:29 PM
Re: Upcoming January hysterectomy: Back to REMOTE work post-op

Wow. Thanks everyone. This is quite sobering.
Unread 11-26-2021, 02:34 PM
Re: Upcoming January hysterectomy: Back to REMOTE work post-op

Thanks for sharing - When did you start working from home, and how many hours a day have you been able to handle from home?
Unread Yesterday, 03:46 AM
Re: Upcoming January hysterectomy: Back to REMOTE work post-op

Hi.. I was visibly shocked when my surgeon said I’d need at least a month off, so agree it is a sobering thought. I suspect my Dr has been through it and she repeatedly asked me if I needed to be excused from work for longer than that. I should have listened.

In the UK we often have a 37.5 hour contractual system however I regularly work 50-60 hours per week because I choose to. I have gone back on a strict 4 hours per day 8:30 to 12:30 and it does feel very strange logging off at lunchtime when there are afternoon meetings and projects that need my attention. I have noticed some slip already to just finish this.. I have paid for that though and consequently not gone out for walks as I physically can’t.

I have learnt that pushing this sets you back.

For your colleagues, it is easier for them to plan ahead for you not being there for a longer time than to keep asking for more time and feeling bad about it or feeling compelled to go back before you are ready. Work can wait, your long term recovery is essential.. take time for you xx
Unread Yesterday, 01:20 PM
Re: Upcoming January hysterectomy: Back to REMOTE work post-op

very helpful, thanks so much!

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