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Unread 08-14-2005, 11:27 AM
Going back to work

I am just wondering when most of you princesses return to work post op?
I had a vaginal hysterectomy and a repair and the hospital sighned me off for 2 weeks and told me to go to see my GP. I saw her on friday and she said they normally recommend 12 weeks off post surgery!!
The physio in hospital chatted to me about my work and said she thought 6 weeks would probably be about right so now I am quite confused.
I have left if with my GP that she has signed me off work for 8 weeks and if I am still tired to ring the surgery and she will sign me off as required!
I feel well in myself at the moment although I get very tired very quickly
Any thoughts gratefully recieved
Best wishes to everyone
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Unread 08-14-2005, 11:34 AM
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I took the 6 weeks off..that way I could get my hormones in check, recouperate, and talk myself into going back to work. I know there is no way I could've went back at 2 weeks. I was still suffering at that time. By 4 weeks I think I could've pulled it off, but, I went to visit and realized that I wasn't emotionally ready yet.
Is your time off paid for? If so, i'd just sit back and enjoy it. You only get to heal right once...
Unread 08-14-2005, 11:37 AM
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I get paid for my daytime hours but unfortunately not for my night shifts which make up half my salary!!
I have budgeted for 2 months without my shift pay so I am going to take my 8 weeks off and then see how I feel, I know for certain I won't be able to do a 12 hour frantically busy night shift for a good while yet anyway!!!
I am going to enjoy the next 6 weeks recovering anyway ( hopefully )
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Unread 08-14-2005, 11:49 AM
Going back to work

Hi Susie. nice name

I am going back to work at 4 weeks. I could have continued to be paid from disabity insurance, but I really feel ready. My doc left it up to me and I am going back half days. It sounds like your job may be physically demanding, if so you would need the full recovery time, I would imagine. Good luck to you.
Unread 08-14-2005, 11:51 AM
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I first set foot in the office after 4 weeks, but here I am
a month later still struggling -- don't have the energy for
a full 8 hours. I have been working partial days and, some
weeks, taking an afternoon nap every day. I have a lot
of sympathy for those that do not have that luxury.
Unread 08-14-2005, 12:05 PM
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Wow, 12 weeks for vaginal H? That's a long time. I personally couldn't stand to be off for so long. 4-6 weeks seems reasonable for a TVH. My Doc said 4 weeks off. I work from home and have been able to answer some emails and make some phone calls after 1 1/2 weeks and rest as needed. I won't actually go in to the office until 8 weeks when I have a meeting. I wonder how that's going to be, sitting in a meeting for 8 hours. UGH!
Unread 08-14-2005, 12:37 PM
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I went back full time after 3 weeks - desk job. I was using sick and vacation time & could not aford to take the disability. I talked to my DR about it prior to the surgery and she said fatigue may be a problem at 3 weeks and suggested I go back part time. Could'nt afford to do part time as it would have been as bad as the disability pay. Fortunately, fatigue was never a problem for me so it all worked out, although if I could have afforded to, I would have taken 4 - 6 weeks.

Unread 08-14-2005, 02:51 PM
Going back to work

I had TAH and went back after 4 weeks, but my situation is a little different from most people's. I work as a medical transcriptionist from home. I actually subcontract, meaning if you don't work you don't get paid. Period. I have actually not worked what most of you would consider a full day (8 hours) in the last 6 yrs. Have been working about 4-5 hours a day. Even so, I'm not back to that yet. I work about 3 hrs a day and then I just can't stand it anymore and have to quit for the day.
Unread 08-14-2005, 04:26 PM
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My doctor made me take the whole six weeks. I am glad I did, as I am still really tired at 7.5 weeks. I had to "borrow" sick time. I was only planning on 3-4 weeks off, so didn't have the extra time. So, now I won't have any sick time for a few months. I am using some holiday time for all the doctors appointments I have coming up. Only my Dermatologist has Saturday hours.
Unread 08-14-2005, 05:53 PM
Going back to work

When I went in one week post-op to have my staples removed, I asked to go back in 4 weeks. He said no, and put me down for 5-1/2. I am SO GLAD he said no. When I was 5 weeks post-op, I ended up back in his office in pain and had to go on antibiotics. He said he would extend my time if I wanted, but I said no. When the time came, I was ready to go back to work because I was tired of being home alone, but if I would have had more vacation time built up, I would have stayed off more to give myself extra time to heal. Since it takes our bodies 6 months to a year to heal completely, I say to take off as much time as you can afford to take.

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