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When to go back to work? When to go back to work?

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Unread 02-27-2008, 04:21 PM
When to go back to work?

I'd like to hear from some women about this. My office started calling me 5 days post op!! I came home after 3 nights but i had a LATE surgery not getting to room til 8pm so the first night does not count. ha.

anyway, i was back working at computer at home 1 week post op for a few hrs each day. Tomorrow is week 3 and i am working 8 hrs from home. I have my 4 week chk up next wed and want to start going back for a few hrs each day week 4 (next thurs).

Did anyone go back after 4 weeks and if so, how many hours a day did you try to work? and how are you faring? i can do EVERYTHING from home that i can do at the office --

Marietta (hystermari).
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Unread 02-27-2008, 04:35 PM
When to go back to work?

Hi Marietta -

I have been back to work since last week - 14 days post op. It was probably a little early and I was really tired the first few days, but otherwise things are going well. My hours are long (10+hours per day) and the commute is an hour each way, but I have been taking it easy for the most part. I have a "desk" job and work at a computer almost all day, or in meetings.

It helps that i had an LAVH and no large abdominal incision, so that makes the recovery a lot faster. I think you just need to listen to your body and if you feel up for it - go ahead. If you start to feel tired - then call it an early day.

Trust me - if I could work from home I would!! That sounds awesome!!!
Unread 02-27-2008, 05:54 PM
When to go back to work?

I know that we are all different in our healing.
I was feeling super and really wanted to go back to work earlier.
Besides that, our small department is down to two girls from four.
(We work for a larger clinic with scheduling )
My other co-worker had an unexpected medical leave.
I felt so guilty being home. All I could think about is the other girls just trying to make it thru the day.
I asked if I could go back to work early.
I did, with only four hours ended up being five a day for the first week.
I had some major pain issues last friday, and had to go back on pain pills, and rest. Doctors orders!
I am this week back to full time.
For me, sitting for a long time is bothersome, I have made sure I walk around I have even standed at my desk . It is not the same as giving your body that "lying down" resting period. Even if it is for 15 min.
If you can work from home and it's working for you, do it. Take it from me,
"DONT RUSH YOURSELF". I am regretting my decision to go back a few weeks early. I always worry about everyone else ,and how they are doing,
and don't take care of myself.
Good luck with your decision...
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Unread 02-27-2008, 06:03 PM
When to go back to work?

I had an abdominal surgery, and at 3 weeks out I can't imagine going back. I also realize that I am not as clear headed as I usually am (For example, wrote a check for teh wrong amount, forgot kids appointments) so who knows what I would do if I went back now...I'm planning to go back at 6+ weeks. But I will do some work at home (probably lying down w laptop on pillow on tummy! or conference calls ) the two weeks before, if I feel up to it.
Unread 02-27-2008, 06:33 PM
When to go back to work?

I work from home on a computer all day. I had my LSH last Friday and actually worked 2 hours on Monday, 4 hours yesterday and 6 hours today. But that's working lying on the couch with my laptop. Lots of naps but since I would probably just be surfing the net, I might as well be making money.

But this is an ideal situation - if I worked in an office, no way I could be back yet.
Unread 02-27-2008, 06:50 PM
When to go back to work?

i would say, see how you feel.
i myself am probably ok to go back now (3 weeks post op) but knowing i stand cutting hair, NO way yet.
(honestly i am enjoying my "vacation" from all the work drama, which is exactly what i have at work!!!!) i get bored but i have my computer & my kids to entertain me
Unread 02-27-2008, 08:12 PM
When to go back to work?

You don't say what surgery you had, but since you were in the hospital for 3 days, I'm assuming it was abdominal. PLEASE take your time ~ don't let pressure from work compromise your recovery. You only get one chance to heal correctly. I was off 6 weeks and needed every bit of it (I have a desk job). Trust me, once you're back at work, everyone assumes you're 100% and quite simply put, it takes a lot longer than 6 weeks to be to that point. First and foremost take care of yourself.
Unread 02-27-2008, 08:20 PM
When to go back to work?

I had an abdominal incision and went back at 4 weeks part-time (because I felt obligated to). If you had abdominal surgery, it really is a 6 to 8 wk recovery. If I had it to do again I wouldn't have gone back until 6 wks at least.
Unread 02-27-2008, 08:22 PM
When to go back to work?

You really are taking on a lot. I just remember when I showed up for work they really thought I was there to WORK!!! (they couldn't see all the healing going on inside) It's hard to pull back or leave early especially if stuff has piled up. Once they see you...all the questions, requests, complaints, etc, start. So, in the beginning I worked as much as possible from home in order to control the environment and now I'm going in for about 4 hours a day and still bringing work home.....I went back to a mess and it's going to take a while to clean up, because the person who was supposed to cover for me DIDN'T.

My suggestion is to take it easy, it's not worth pulling stitches or causing other problems.
Unread 02-28-2008, 07:17 AM
When to go back to work?

I was off 8 1/2 weeks and still felt rushed back but I had lots of adhesions and repair as well as appendix. Take your time, do somes things for yourself. I Wish I would have.

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