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Unread 08-08-2003, 02:22 AM
how soon return to work?

I am having my lap hyst on Monday 8/11 and am wondering how long before I can return to work. I have my own small business and work in my home at a computer. I have arranged for my clients to mail me my work since I won't be able to drive. I hired someone to help so I could recoup but that person quit today (4 days preop! what a gem!) so now I'm on my own and worry that I'll be too tired to get my work done. It doesn't require any heavy lifting, just sitting at a computer doing accounting - but unless I do it I could lose my clients who need to have their payrolls processed.

So do you think I'm going to go crazy trying? I only work about 25 hours a week as it is. Hoping I can hold it all together. At least DH is supportive.
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Unread 08-08-2003, 02:34 AM

I understand your need to return to work, but you have to think about how long you can sit. When I left the hospital I was told to not sit for longer than 15 minutes, now at four weeks post op I can sit only about 45 minutes before it becomes too uncomfortable. If you have a lap top that you can put on a bedside table and lay and work, then you will be all right. Otherwise, you might be working in 15 minute spurts for awhile! Typically its six weeks.
Unread 08-08-2003, 06:27 AM
how soon return to work?

It would be the "brain fog" that I would be more concerned about, especially doing accounting. That's from the anesthesia and heavy duty pain meds. I had a TAH/BSO with a genereal anesthesia. For me, there would have been no way I could have done anything that required much concentration for a few weeks. I am a voracious reader, it was at least 3 weeks after surgery before I could could concentrate enough to read anything more complex than a short magazine article.

Best wishes, and I hope you are able to find someone in so short a time to help you out!
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Unread 08-08-2003, 10:54 AM
how soon return to work?

I really understand your concerns. I work from home on a computer too and am 5 weeks post op from an LAVH-BSO.

I started working half days at 3 weeks post op - I think it would have been difficult much sooner. At 4.5 weeks I started working 8 hour days.

Not only is fatigue a factor, but if you are taking pain meds they can really slow you down. In addition, the much-mentioned brain fog can be a real problem. I know I didn't work as fast when I first started back.

Before surgery, I bought a laptop and without that, not sure I could have even done half-days that soon. With a laptop, you can change position, work from bed on a tray, etc.

Sometimes I sit at my desktop for a bit and then move to a recliner with the laptop for a while. Getting up and walking a little every hour and changing positon often has helped.

Maybe for the first couple of weeks, your DH could help you? That will be the roughest time and it's really important that you relax and rest!

Please keep us posted on how you are doing!!!

Unread 08-08-2003, 11:16 AM
how soon return to work?


Thanks for your response. It's helpful to have someone who's in my shoes let me know how they did. I am going through second choice candidates and will hopefully hire one today who can work at my computer while I rest on the sofa. That would be ideal!

Unread 08-08-2003, 02:13 PM
how soon return to work?

Hi TK,

That's the perfect solution!!!! I hope it works out and you have someone to work while you recline. For a few weeks you really do need to be a pampered princess.

Please keep us posted on how you are doing.


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