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Back to work worries..... Back to work worries.....

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Unread 12-13-2007, 11:08 PM
Back to work worries.....

I had a TAH/BSO on October 29.

Then a wound infection Nov 6

I had two weeks of antibiotics, then three weeks of at home nursing care for the open wound.

I still have a small open wound (about 2inches long) but now is only 1inch deep. It is still draining, and I have to change the bandages and packing twice daily. I still have the usual back ache/tummy ache when I do too much, but I just don't like the open wound thing.

I was scheduled to go back to work on Dec 20.

I am a county social worker. I have to both sit at a desk, and drive a car, lift children, place car seats, and go in and out of not so clean homes.

My surgeon/ her chief resident actually, has told me that he thinks I could go back to work before the incision is closed. I think I should not.

The last time I was in for a wound check, he told me to come back three days before I am due to go back to work. He would not extend my time off slip. I think he thinks that I want Christmas off....(actually I'm Jewish, and don't even celebrate Christmas) because he made a remark about that I would be back at work for the holidays.

Do you think I'm being over the top about insisting I not go back until my wound is closed ? I know no one else would know that it's open, it sure seems odd to me. I guess because I know I still guard my open wound, and worry about getting knocked around.
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Unread 12-13-2007, 11:15 PM
Back to work worries.....

Does your doctor know what you do? IMHO, I would think lifting children and car seats with an open incision would be a big NO. But I'm not a doctor, just going on common sense here.
No, I don't think you are being over the top at all.
Hope all goes well and you are feeling better soon.
Unread 12-14-2007, 06:39 AM
Back to work worries.....

I agree with Jesi7. Have you talked to your dr about what you do? You're going to be 7 wks out from your surgery, but the infection you had is a complication that prolongs healing as I understand it.

I think you need to appeal to your dr because of the lifting if nothing else. Because you're going to be working with children I would think there is some risk of being bumped too. I can't imagine you being able to just begin doing all this without significant pain and the real possibility of hurting yourself.

My understanding is that you need to be able to work back into normal routines slowly, a little at a time. Is there anyway you can return to work in some capacity where you wouldn't have to immediately be doing all this physical stuff right away? If you're going to have to jump right in I think you need a little more time. Be honest with your dr about your concerns. Ask directly if these activities couldn't possibly cause you harm. I hope he will be reasonable. Let us know how it goes.
's, Rita

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