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Unread 12-26-2007, 07:10 PM
Post op teachers.....or similar field.....

I am one of those principals who can complain about teachers out too long...( but I don't) but what happens when I am out too long??? I just started ina new district this year, ended up with unexpected surgery that went from LSH to TAH.... I am not worried about the superintendent or central office stuff, but the parents and the work that has to be done prior to state exams beginning in March???? If I sat at my desk all day that would be one thing, but up and down three flights to classses, cafeteria, bus duty and a 40 minute drive each way....what do you sisters think about how long I should stay out??? I thought I would be going back by the 9th with the LSH, not I don't see the doc until the 9th...advice appreciated... - Suzyq
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Unread 12-26-2007, 07:25 PM
Post op teachers.....or similar field.....

I had my TAH on Dec. 13th, and was planning on returning the 7th...but my Dr. said "no chance", so I've shifted it to the 22nd, after the Monday holiday.
Now I'm thinking that STILL won't be enough. The records secretary at the school said she wasn't ready at 6 weeks, but WAS, at 8 weeks.
Many of the teachers on this thread stayed, or are staying out at least 6 weeks, with many staying out 8.

It looks like 6 is the minimum, to be of any use to the students..and ourselves.


Unread 12-26-2007, 07:29 PM
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I am almost 9 weeks..and start back next week...the 3rd. TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU CAN!!! There are no "do-overs!" with recovery
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Unread 12-26-2007, 07:41 PM
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msalphabet - I teach 5th grade but have taught Kinder for the past 6 years. Our surgery dates are the same. I'm going back the 7th BUT I don't think you could do that in Kinder unless you have a teacher's assistant. I plan on sitting a lot and letting another teacher escort my kids to and from the cafeteria, PE and fine arts classes etc. I don't know how you would take it easy in Kinder. Maybe you could do 1/2 days.

suzyqsuzyq - You've got to at least stay out 4 weeks I would think! Then you cannot go up and down 3 flights of stairs. You may just have to make your job more of a desk job when you first go back, even if that is not your personality. My principal was out with surgery and everyone helped to make it work. I'm sure your staff will do what they need to do.

My doc said I could most likely go back at 4 weeks and that is my plan. The stress of planning for a sub, getting the kids ready for our TAKS test (state test) and just not being in control would probably affect me as negatively as going back to work.

Good luck to everyone and let me know what you all decide.
Unread 12-26-2007, 10:34 PM
Post op teachers.....or similar field.....

Oh, I so remember these hard choices. I too was going to go back at 4 weeks because I was "wonder woman"...I found out that I was NOT wonder woman! Then I went back at six weeks, and getting through the day was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life...I went back too soon. I took another two weeks off, and finished the year. I don't mean to be dramatic, but "torture" was the way I would describe many of my days. My routine was to go home and nap for about an hour, and then work on school work the rest of the night. Bed time was around 8:00 or 8:30 for me. All I did was rest and do school was all I could do.

Recovering for me has been really tricky. It seemed that no matter how much I restsed, I just could not influence my healing...I was an abnormal healer.

So, obviously, I am suggesting that you all take as long as you need, and do not feel guilty. The world still goes around without you at school. The one thing that helped me feel better about it all was that I kept in very close touch with my sub, and she was a very good sub. But, even as I say this, I know how hard it is to not be there. School won't be the same without you there, but it will be OK. You really need to take care of yourself. When you can be up at home for a solid eight hours, five days in a row, then you will have an idea of what it will be like to go back to school!!!

Sincere best wishes to all of you!!!
Unread 12-26-2007, 11:17 PM
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Suzyq~ I'm an elementary counselor who is the only other "pseudo" admin person in the office besides our principal. The description of your job requirements sound so much like mine.....we just never know what a day will bring and it certainly is NOT sitting behind a desk!! My principal is literally chomping at the bit for me to return to work ASAP. Unfortunately, my doctor told me on Friday that I can't go back on Jan.2nd.......she's considering Jan. 7th provided I have absolutely no complications between now and then and my UTI is completely healed. I had a TVH on 12/6. My doc says that 5 weeks is the usual return to work date for TVH and I'm asking to go back in week 4. I'm hoping and praying this won't affect my performance evals (I'm looking at moving into administration next year) but I have got to just let some of this go and trust that the right thing will happen. I've had to stop taking calls from some of the teachers at school because even in their "well wishing" I am hearing stories of how upset the principal and some teachers are that I've been out for so long. You would think that folks would be accustomed to women taking leave for pregnancy and hysterectomies in a field so dominated by women??? Baffles me~
I'm so glad to hear how others are coping here on this site. Every job is unique, but there is just something so special about education and how our daily work affects children. It's hard to be selfish, isn't it?
Unread 12-27-2007, 09:15 AM
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Leannjax, I am so sorry to hear that people are telling you how "upset" your coworkers are that you are taking "so much time". Like your sitting around eating bonbons and flitting around shopping. Imho I think you should take time to heal right the first time. Besides, your doctor is saying no! And to think that your performance evals would be influenced by a surgery you had to have borders on harrassment to me. How can you be evaluated for being out for surgery!? Sigh.... I hope all works out for you. Thankfully I had a very good sub and I am sure that helped my recovery time. I wanted to go back at 4weeks to do the Holiday Concerts. That was my plan anyway. At two weeks I realized that wasn't going to happen and I am still recovering from a TAH. I could never have made it at 4 weeks! I did go "help" at the concerts and then rested the next day. Wore me out! Anyway, I am trying to get my head around going back next week. I hope I'm ready! Once I am back life will be a whirlwind!
Unread 12-27-2007, 04:26 PM
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Thanks so much for your kind words roserita!! I pray your return to school will be flawless next week!! Just think, it's a short week~ bonus!!
I remember as a high school musician that winter was also a very busy time with festivals and competitions. I'm sure you will be very busy. Do you have a stool with padding to sit upon? I sure hope you will take it as easy as you possibly can at first. I was also told by a coworker that the principal had all of our offices painted the week before school was out for the holidays and that all the "stuff" that was on my walls, bookshelves, etc. is just piled up on tables in the middle of my office and on my desk. My first task facing me upon my return is to get my office put back together (hey, are we supposed to be lifting, moving, stretching, etc...??) I need to be alot stronger and have more energy before I can think about going back just yet.
Unread 12-27-2007, 05:06 PM
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I am a para-professional working one on one with a High School student who has Asberger's. My surgery was Nov 28, Abdominal with removal of just the uterus (large fibroid) and the school has me down for return on January 12. I had been doing really well - but the last two weeks feel like I go back and forth.

I am not being paid for my time off and have a 17,000 surgery bill. My school district does not prvide health insurance for para-pros' I need to be back working but think I need more time. I see my dr. next week and hope he will let me stay out for 8 weeks total.

My advice to you is stay out 8 weeks. We all feel guilty when our students are not with us - but you need to be your best self when you get back!
I hope you are feeling better!
Unread 12-27-2007, 05:40 PM
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I have to concur w/what everyone else has said so far......and I completely understand what you mean about feeling guilty....I also teach 8th grade math (saw someone else here who does ) & my main concern is getting them prepared for the beloved standardized testing they have in April.......if they don't pass, they don't go to high school, and MANY of my students just aren't anywhere near ready yet so I HATE to leave them in the hands of a sub, no matter how well-meaning......however, as someone else said, you don't get any second chances to gotta do it right the 1st time......

I don't have too many days off left myself since this is only my 2nd year in this district......I had to use a lot of days last year for funerals (7 in 6 months! talk about a bad year!), and then I've had to use several this year for dr's appt's and taking my mother to her dr......this is from someone who RARELY uses ANY of her this is quite rare for the fact that most of the math teachers in our school are involved in a grant program to improve our teaching so we've been out several days because of poor students!

Over in our post-op thread (12/17-12/24), one of our mantras has become, "One day at a time." Hang in there! Your students WILL be fine.....they need for you to be WELL for their sakes!

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