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Help ! Returning to work too soon?? Help ! Returning to work too soon??

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Unread 01-03-2004, 05:55 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

Ladies

Advice please ! I am 6 weeks post-op - TAH-BSO - and I am scheduled to return to work on 1/5. I will see my doc that morning for his blessing.

Is six weeks long enough?

What is the average recovery time. I have a desk job - but in a very demanding management position. I don't have much pain -- however my energy level seems to have dropped to 0 over the past week.

But I am wondering if my spirits - and energy -- will lift once I am back in the swing of things.

Please let me know your thoughts!

Thanks :confuse:

Deb
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Unread 01-03-2004, 06:11 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

Hi. I am 7 weeks post-of and as you are I am returning to work Monday. I work in an office but I don't sit at my desk all day. After the first 2 hours or so I am up and down, carrying files, looking in big log books in county records (I have to pull the books out of their racks and up onto a counter to look at them), up and down stairs (we do have an elevator but only 3 floors so I usually do stairs), pulling documents out of filing drawers (bottom ones included). Plus a few weeks before I left, the co I work for was sold, so I was told to be prepared to be busy when I get back. I am having mixed feelings about Mon because some of the new "corporate" stuff occured while I was gone and I have to be brought up to speed on that stuff in the first day or two, plus my regular job, plus I've been told that the workload is picking up from when I left.

I know I won't be putting in any OT for a while cuz I will be tired after 8 hours. I kinda wish I was going back mid-week rather than a Mon to break in easier, but that's not how it worked out. But I think it will be okay. I will just listen to my body, do my job to the best of my ability each day, and then go home.

Good luck to you.
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Unread 01-03-2004, 06:21 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

Deb -

I went back to work at exactly 6 weeks post-op and I was very nervous about it. I felt pretty good with some abdominal pain or lower back ache when I did too much but my biggest concern was my stamina. I teach middle school and need a lot of energy to keep up with the kids. I was exhausted that first week (and it was a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday) and went to bed very early every night but it got easier each day. I felt the brain fog lift somewhat as I got back into my old routine.

I know many people who don't return to work until 8 weeks or even more. I also know some who went back to work earlier than 6 weeks. We are all so different and our healing time is different as well. The way I decided is the way you are doing it. I talked to my doctor. I told him what concerned me about returning to work and the demands of my job. We discussed a few restrictions I would need to adhere to in order to return to it when I did. (ie; sitting more often during the school day even though I am a stand-up teacher.) It has worked out fine for me.

Talk it over with your doctor tomorrow and let him know all of your fears about returning to your job. See what he says.

Good luck to you.
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Unread 01-03-2004, 06:44 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

Deb,
Listen to your body, especially once you go back to work. Your body will tell you what it needs. If you overdo you will only be hurting later.
I will be starting back to school on Jan. 21st and my doc. has already told me I need to use a backpack with wheels, as carrying my books is a definite NO. The other restriction he has already put on me is NO STAIRS. My school has 11 floors so I can guarantee I won't be climbing them.
Toni
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Unread 01-03-2004, 06:52 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

((( Deb )))

I returned to work, full-time, at a desk job 5 1/2 weeks post op from a TVH with repairs. In my case, it was a little too soon, but I felt that I had to be there because of a major project that couldn't be postponed. If there's a way for you to work only 1/2 days at first, to gradually work back into your routine, you might want to try that for the first week or two.

I was completely and totally exhausted by the end of each day, and luckily, my DH is retired and enjoys cooking, or we'd have lived on fast food for quite awhile.

I wish you the very best as you return to work - please don't over-do, though.

((( pcasey ))),

I'm not sure what kind of work you do, but if the record books that you refer to are as large and as heavy as the ones that our county used to have (before we became more computerized) you will need to be very, very careful. I used to have to pull delinquent tax rolls out of a standing cabinet, and then lift them to the top of the cabinet in order to be able to open the books up. The pages were HUGE, and the binders were heavy, and the books were always very thick.

Does your doctor know what you have to do in a normal day? Please be sure that you let him know - he may want you to be limited to "light duty" for a couple of weeks. Please remember that you have many internal stitches which are still healing.

Please don't try to do too much too soon.

s
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Unread 01-03-2004, 07:07 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

Hi Karen:

I do real estate title searches and go to the Recorder's office and look in their large grantor/grantee books. They can weigh 15-20 lbs. It's not every day, but some days. I told the office for now I wasn't doing any files that required lifting those books.

Three weeks ago I mentioned it to my doctor and he said I would probably have restrictions when I went back to work. This week when I went to see him he said no restrictions (I didn't remind him of what my job entails). I said what about weight restrictions and he said "none". So I'm gonna play it by ear and told them that at work.

Thanks. Pam
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Unread 01-03-2004, 08:01 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

Hi Deb.

If it's any consolation, I am also returning to work on Monday 1/5. My TAH was 12/4, so I will only be 4 1/2 weeks when I return. I am a nurse working in a busy physician's office. Some of my job allows me to sit/talk on the phone, but the majority involves standing and walking. I returned to the doctor yesterday and although my internal repairs aren't thoroughly healed, he felt I was doing well enough to return to work. He did restrict me from lifting and transporting patients, (for another month), and told me not to lift or carry anything over 20 pounds. However, he did say I could vacuum, push patients in wheelchairs, etc.

We all recover at different rates, and I consider myself to be "average" in that area. I am nervous about returning so early, but I know my doctor wouldn't permit me to if he felt it would hinder my recovery. We are probably capable of doing more than we think. I guess we need to just take it "one day at a time" and listen to the signals our bodies send us. Good luck!
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Unread 01-03-2004, 08:20 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

I am really glad this subject came up, I had my TAH on Dec. 17th and I have my two week check up on Monday the 5th and I told my boss I would check in with her after I see the doc. I used to have a very physically and mentally demanding high stress job, but on September 15th,2003 I started a new job that does not seem to be either physically or mentally demanding, good pay though. I do alot of driving. I was hoping to go back soon, at least half days. Especially since I just started this job and they have agreed to pay me for the time I am off. I don't want to seem like I am taking advantage of their good nature, what do you ladies think?
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Unread 01-03-2004, 08:54 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

I went back to work this past week, after 6 weeks off. I am pretty darn tired. I have a stressful job that is primarily a desk job, but includes a lot of walking to and from other departments and lots of "teamwork," so I'm up and down a lot. Also I have a 50-mile round-trip commute.

My boss continued doing part of my work so I only had to do half my normal duties. It was a tremendous help and unexpected, too. It allowed me to ease back into things. Each day was a bit easier. But all I was able to do after work was plop down on the couch.

I worked from home a bit on weeks 5 and 6, but am very glad I waited until week 7 to go back into the office. My energy level wasn't high enough. It still isn't at peak.

I think a lot depends on how you heal and what type of job you have. And age maybe has something to do to it. I'm 47 and even in full health don't have the energy I had at 27!

Gerri
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Unread 01-03-2004, 09:28 PM
Help ! Returning to work too soon??

Gerri,
I agree age does make a big difference. I'm 44 and find that I'm not bouncing as quick as I did 16 years ago when I had my son, Jeff. My first 3 kids were c-section babies and my last 2 were 100% natural. The kids are DD 21, DS's 18, 16, 7 3/4, and 5 yrs. old. When I had Jeff I was out and about driving, cleaning the house, etc. at 10 days post op. With the hyst. I didn't do much for 4 1/2 weeks and am finally getting the house cleaned room by room, slowly but surely.
Toni
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