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More time off from work? More time off from work?

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Unread 05-30-2006, 10:14 AM
More time off from work?

Hello y'all! I am 2 1/2 weeks post op and am doing great. I am sore around the middle and tire easily and I have a pinching sensation every once in a while. Other than than that I am feeling good. My belly does swell if I am on my feet for any length of time. Should I request more time off from work? I am up and down on my feet alot on my job. How much time off is normal? Am I setting my self up if I go back to soon?
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Unread 05-30-2006, 10:26 AM
More time off from work?

Only you can really answer that, knowing the demands of your job. If you can afford the time off and your employer is okay with it, I would take more. When were you thinking of going back?

I have a desk job and went back for 4 hours a day in my 4th week; 6 hours a day in my 5th week and this week I am back full-time. But as I said, I have an physically undemanding desk job.

Good luck!
Unread 05-30-2006, 10:26 AM
More time off from work?

When were you planning on going back? I have a physically demanding job and am taking 10 weeks off. Typically most people take at least 6 weeks off. You don't want to go back too soon or you could have a setback. Best wishes to you and take care.
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Unread 05-30-2006, 10:29 AM
More time off from work?

I'm taking the full 6 wks and currently have the option to take one more week. Well, the Dr will give me two weeks if I think I need it, but it's mostly going to depend on my appt this Thur and what my incision is doing (I may need restitching). Otherwise, I think I've had a realitively easy/event free recovery.

I work in retail so there's a lot of standing, moving around the store, and bending/stretching to get to various shelves, and I don't know if I'm quite up to that yet. I believe 6 wks is pretty standard so go for that and hopefully your job is flexible enough that if the Dr says you need more time, they'll give it to you.
Unread 05-30-2006, 11:06 AM
More time off from work?

I am taking 6 weeks; I could have taken 2 more but I feel great. 2 1/2 weeks is not will need more time. IF you can take so. Once you get back, it will be difficult to say it was the wrong decision. The hours are what will get to you as well. This was major surgery. My MD said 6-8 weeks is the avg recup period.
Unread 05-30-2006, 11:11 AM
More time off from work?

Take the full 8 weeks off! This is your only opportunity to do that, you will need it! I would think your dr. would not have a problem with you taking that time & would write you a letter for it. YOu may feel really good now but when you start doing "things" the soreness & fatigue creeps up on you!
Unread 05-30-2006, 12:29 PM
More time off from work?

I took six weeks off work, thinking that since I had a desk job, I would be OK.

Big mistake. Huge. Enormous. When I got home from work each night, I was pretty much "in my couch" by 7:00, if I even made it that long.

I should have taken 8 weeks off. And to make things worse, I'm the boss -- those people didn't even want me back (OK, I'm kidding, at least a little.)

All kidding aside, though -- please be gentle with yourself. You'll be much closer to being at 100% of your potential at work if you take the time you need.

You might also want to consider easing back in to your work schedule. When one of my employees had a TVH last year, I insisted that she not come back full-time for six weeks. (I didn't care one bit what her doctor said! ) She started in at 2 hours a day at 4 weeks, 4 hours a day at 5 weeks, and she was back full-strength at 6 weeks.
Unread 05-30-2006, 12:59 PM
More time off from work?

My plan now is to take 6 weeks (though in the end it will be 7 as my surgery was rescheduled from a Tuesday to Friday for medical reasons). I have a desk job, and the doctor told me "at least" 6 weeks, but said it could also be 8. Right now, I think 6 will be enough for me.

It's funny you mentioned this. Today I had to tell my employer my return date has been changed from July 5th to July 10th. To make matters worse, I've had my vacation paid for and planned for a year--and it's for a full week, starting July 24th (only 2 weeks after I return to work).

Anyway, I had to leave a message for my HR rep today and I still haven't heard back from her. I'm trying not to get nervous though--this is my health, and I can't risk it for a job. So, I can appreciate your concern over returning to work. It's hard to take so much time off and not be worried about what your employer will think!! :balanc:
Unread 05-30-2006, 01:37 PM
More time off from work?

Daffodil, if you have a drs. note I don't think your boss can do a darn thing!
Mjd, what a good boss you must be! I am impressed that you took into consideration your employees surgery. ALot of them wouldn't!
The place I used to work for could have cared less. Thank god I am not still there & it was a medical facility!
Unread 05-30-2006, 05:28 PM
More time off from work?

I planned on taking 6 weeks off and I sure wasn't up to it when it got here. My doctor gave me a note saying I couldn't return to work for 2 more weeks. I return on the 6th of June. I am finally feeling up to it. I don't think everyone is ready to return to work and the "magic 6 weeks" so just take as long as you need. Your doctor should go along with what you need

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