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Unread 11-25-2007, 08:54 AM
Deciding when to return to work

I'm not sure how to make this decision. Any ideas?
I guess I'm feeling guilty since the pain is not bad (I just take Ibuprofen now) and my job is basically sitting at a desk typing and talking on the phone. If I absolutely had to go back tomorrow, I could.

$$$ is not an issue since I have disability insurance.
It will be 4 weeks on Tuesday, 11/27.

The doctor pretty much left it up to me. If I want to return before the 6 weeks are up, I just need to call the doctor's office and they will deal with the release for the disability insurance people.

I'd welcome suggestions on how to decide...
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Unread 11-25-2007, 10:17 AM
Deciding when to return to work

I'd suggest taking the full 6 weeks. I too felt guilty, especially since the doctor pronounced me "too healthy for this practice" at a little under 3 weeks. But he'd told me employer 6 weeks, and I decided to leave that be, partially because of the advice often repeated on this site--"you only get one chance to heal properly; don't blow it" and because of a nun who visited me in the hospital (it was a Catholic hospital) and told me to please not rush back to work--that she's heard from many many patients that when they felt halfway decent, they felt pressured to return to the office, and later regretted it, because they realized they didn't honor themselves and their bodies' need to heal by doing that. So, I stayed out the full 6 weeks, feeling deep down that it wasn't necessary. And on my first day back at work (also a desk job, not strenuous, but stressful), I only lasted 6 hours and had stomach pains like I hadn't had since two days post-op. It didn't last long, and I was okay within a couple of days, but it demonstrated to me, very clearly, that even when you feel good, there's still a whole hell of a lot healing inside that we need to respect and protect.

Just my two cents on the topic...
Unread 11-25-2007, 10:36 AM
Deciding when to return to work

since money isn't a problem-----"TAKE THE EXTRA TIME!" Even tho you feel good, you'll still get really tired. You can't see what still may be healing inside. Work & everything else will still be waiting for you no matter when you go back. super woman will wait! It is better to take the extra time & enjoy it (REST & RELAX!), than to go back too soon & wish you had.
Better safe than sorry right! don't feel guilty! You paid the premiums for your disability to give you peace of mind, so you wouldn't have to worry about income----So take advantage of it. I think if you do, you'll really be glad you did. Remember------you are still healing inside, you want to make sure your completely healed for the best possible outcome. You only have 1 chance to heal & recover well.
Take care & hugs to you!
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Unread 11-25-2007, 10:57 AM
Deciding when to return to work

I'm going to return part time starting tomorrow. I have the option of working from home but I'm actually thinking about going into the office. I think it might be good for me to get out of the house and back into the real world, just for a bit.

Not sure though. I'll probably wake up to my alarm at 6AM, turn it OFF and go back to sleep LOL

Not sure if I'm ready or not. I think I am physically (I have a desk job too) but not sure I'm ready emotionally to do the office thing.
Unread 11-25-2007, 12:49 PM
thank you

Thank you all for the replies!

You've made some good points, all of you. If I do decide to go back early, I will make it part time. I know I can't do 8 hours just yet...
Unread 11-25-2007, 01:23 PM
Deciding when to return to work

Better to start small and be successful than start big and be disappointed.

Unread 11-25-2007, 04:48 PM
Deciding when to return to work

Before my surgery I thought I'd go back at 5 weeks since that's when I'd run out of paid leave. In real life, I went back at 7 weeks. There's more to life than money! The first week back at work was the toughest.
Unread 11-25-2007, 04:56 PM
Deciding when to return to work

My recovery has been very smooth, but I am taking the full 6 weeks. I find I still get tired throughout the day and once I'm at work, it's very difficult to leave if I hit the brick wall--plus it's a 30 minute drive home. At least now, when I get tired, I can lie down.

If you do go back early, the part-time would be the way to do it.
Unread 11-25-2007, 06:51 PM
Deciding when to return to work

If your disability is paying, take the time off...Don't feel gulity, it only slows down the healing process. My physican gave me 8 weeks to recover and I am in week 7. I am emotionally and phyically dreading returning to a stressful and demanding job.

Enjoy and rest.
Unread 11-25-2007, 07:21 PM
Deciding when to return to work

I would recommend taking the full six weeks. You only get one chance to heal, and in my experience, the minute you go back to work, everyone thinks you're 100%. You'll be surprised at how tired you are once you're back on a normal schedule, so don't rush yourself. My advice - take the extra two weeks to gradually increase your activity level and prepare yourself for returning to a normal routine.


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