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Returning to work?? Returning to work??

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Unread 07-15-2004, 03:25 PM
Returning to work

Is 3 weeks too soon to return to work after TAH BSO? I know each woman is different, and some heal sooner, some later.

My job does not involve lifting of any kind...just sitting in front of a computer. (No more than I am doing now.) I do have the flexibility to get up an move around when necessary and can take "potty" breaks anytime needed. Also, the dress code is very lax, so biggie t-shirts and sweats and other informal loose clothing is not a problem.

However, I am the sole bread-winner of the family and cannot afford to be out of work too long. I've already used up all my vacation and sick time during the 2 weeks I've been out.

I have my 2-week post-op tomorrow, and wonder if I should persuade the doctor release me to go to work. I haven't taken pain meds in 4 days. Although there is some discomfort, it's not unbearable. The incision is healing nicely and there are really no problems that prevent me from sitting in front of a computer.

Any feedback is most welcome!
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Unread 07-15-2004, 03:40 PM
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Unread 07-15-2004, 04:00 PM
Returning to work??


Are you able to concentrate properly? Maybe you could have a 'trial run' at home and try sitting in front of your computer all day to see how you feel?

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Unread 07-15-2004, 04:05 PM
Returning to work??

Typically the initial recovery period is 6-8 weeks. I think going back to work at 3 weeks post-op is too soon. The stitches begin to dissolve at about 2-4 weeks post-op. The fact that you still have some discomfort is a sign that yur body still has some healing to do yet.

I work on the computer - there is no way I could have sat at 3 weeks and done my job.

Please to not try to do too much, too soon - it can greatly increase your risk of serious and possibly permanent complications - then you could be out of work even longer.

I would suggest waiting at least 6 weeks before returning to work. Be sure you don't return before your doctor clears you.

Unread 07-15-2004, 04:21 PM
Back to work in 3 weeks..

I too hope to return to work after 3 weeks. My surgical date 6/24/04. I plan to do only half days. I can sit at my desk and walk when I feel the need. Can I concentrate? Well, I won't know until I try. My boss is understanding and stated if I am uncomfortable, I can just go home. I do not plan on doing ANYTHING that I have not done at home comfortably.
Putting on shoes and socks have been difficult espec tryiing not to bend Originally my MD stated that 2 weeks was too soon but if I felt well, I could return in 3 weeks.
Please let us know what your MD tells you when you have your 2 week check up. I will be interested to hear his/her decision.
Unread 07-15-2004, 04:43 PM
Returning to work??

For me it would have been too soon...
Unread 07-15-2004, 04:54 PM
Returning to work??

Just had my (almost) two week check-up and doctor okayed me to go back to work next week. I too am dependent on my income and have no benefits - an added incentive to overdo. I'm determined to keep myself as comfortable as possible at work and will probably have one of my kids drive me to work. I've found my outings are ok but the drive is a killer. Won't be pushing open any heavy doors either - even if someone has to walk me to the back work areas Good luck to you amhriley! We'll have to compare notes.
Unread 07-15-2004, 05:22 PM
Returning to work??

I work 10 hours a day as a cashier in a busy convience store. I went back to work (only 2 days though) this week (3weeks post op), and am going to work a little bit tonight and tomorrow (I'm 4 weeks now), and then my boss is putting me on 3 days next week. I have a place to sit down if I get tired-normally it's standing only. I'd say go ahead, since you are just sitting anyway-just dont' overdo anything.
Unread 07-17-2004, 04:47 AM
2-week update

I had my 2-week post-op checkup today. The doc was very impressed with my recovery. He cleared me for normal activity (no marathon training) and driving (no Nascar). He also cleared me to return to work, but recommend I take another week off (which equals my original estimated time to be off work). Afterwards, start out working only 1/2 days until my endurance is enough to work a full day without problems.

Thanks for all the advice! It helped me ask the doctor the right questions about benefits/consequences of going back to work. You are all angels!

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