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Unread 05-27-2003, 03:50 PM
Returning to work

I went to the Dr today and he released me to go back to work next monday (three weeks after LAVH/BSO). Do any of you sisters know of a way to prepair myself for a full days work?
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Unread 05-27-2003, 03:54 PM
Wow, Amy!

I've never heard of a dr. giving the OK for work at only 3 weeks post-op! (Week 3 was the absolute worst for me!)

Are you sure you're ready? What type of work do you do? Please make sure you are giving yourself enough time to heal properly! We're worried about you!

Unread 05-27-2003, 04:02 PM
Returning to work

I have a desk job (fixing computers). I will not have to lift anything for a while. I am still having some cramps but hoping they will go away by then or become less and less as they days go by. I plan on taking it easy the rest of the week but am wondering if anyone has any advise on how to get back into the swing of things.
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Unread 05-27-2003, 05:03 PM
I went back...

I'm a bookkeeper for a small company. I have a couch in my office. I'm better off at work were I'm not tempted to do things I shouldn't. I have a couch and when I feel the need to lay down, I lock the door, pull the phone over to the couch and lay down. I wear sweats and t-shirts. Nobody cares, they know.

My situation is not the usual. I would NOT be back if the conditions were different. I'm VERY tired when I get home and I gratefully lay on the couch like a princess. I am NOT tempted to lift a finger.

I am three weeks and released by doctor with the promise not to lift anything heavier than the phone reciever. BUT gravity weighs heavy on a girls bottom. Laying down a bit is IMPORTANT. I listen to my body. So far so good.

If I stayed home, I'd be tempted to finish the floor, take care of the animals, mow the yard....

This is what works for me so far. This is just one womans story and not advise.

Take care, Mary
Unread 05-27-2003, 05:10 PM
Returning to work

Thank-You Mary,

Although I don't have couch, I do have four men I work with who really feel sorry for me! I am sure I will not have to do too much at first!
Unread 05-27-2003, 06:42 PM
Take care of yourself!!

You make sure you keep those guys feeling sorry for you too. For a while!! I went back to work at 4 weeks. Half days, for 10 days then full time. I was able to sit down a lot. The gals I work with made sure I didn't lift anything and that I put my feet up every chance I got. They still make sure I don't lift a lot!! They have been very good to me.
Be sure to take care of you!!! Don't over do it. I did that a couple a times and it's not worth it! (I had to do it the second time just because I didn't quite get it the first time )
Unread 05-27-2003, 07:29 PM
Going back to work

Hello everyone- I go to the doctor tomorrow for my five week check-up. Really not looking forward to this... I know he will give me the go ahead to go back to work as long as I don't have to pick up anything heavy. Well, my delemia is I am a dog groomer and even though I will get help with the major lifting it will just wear me out. I plan on starting back very slowly, just starting off with two dogs- usually I do eight or nine. I work with three women and two of them have had hysterectomy's so I am hoping for some understanding.
On top of this surgery I have multiple sclerosis, that alone gives me problems at times. I try to keep my life normal so I stay stronger but it has been a trying few weeks! Gee, I sound like a whiner... Really I am just trying to convince myself it time to move on!! I am doing pretty good so I guess it's time. Wish me luck!!!
Unread 05-27-2003, 10:22 PM
Returning to work

Dear Adoucette: I want to add a message to one I wrote to you earlier. If it's at all possible for you to stay home and spend more time healing, please do so. I know how I was at two weeks, and I probably would have been miserable at work. Wishing the best for you, Aunt May
Unread 05-27-2003, 10:26 PM
Returning to work

Dear Debmar: Hey, I don't think you're whining at all! You're recovering from a major surgery and you're also dealing with MS, which is way more than most people ever have on their plate. I hope everyone around you helps you when you need it, because you deserve it. Best wishes to you, Aunt May
Unread 05-28-2003, 07:38 AM
Returning to work

Aunt May- Thank you so much for the kind words. Everyone here at home is very helpful. I have to keep reminding myself I DID have major surgery!! Have to go get ready for my dr appointment now- take care!!

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