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

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Unread 03-03-2008, 08:45 AM
When to go back to work?

handh...I agree. I think getting back in the swing actually helped my energy. It's like anything....use it or lose it. The longer I went w/o activity, the less able I was to handle activity. Does that make sense? It was like I had to build stamina back up even after being sedentary for a short time. I returned to teaching after 18 days. I could sit when I needed and my classes did lots of independent work, but I felt like I would be swamped when I returned if I stayed gone too long. That prospect was worse than just being there. If I had a more strenuous job, I would have taken longer.
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Unread 03-03-2008, 09:01 AM
When to go back to work?

I agree with you as well teecher. I have been back to work for 2 weeks now and feel fine. I think that a lot of my fatigue is due to getting totally out of shape from stopping all cardio and weight lifting activity.

I completely agree that no one should go back to work if they are in pain, or literally don't have the strength to get through a day of normal activity, but the estimates that the doctor's give are boilerplate and at the long end of the spectrum so that they don't encourage anyone to go back and then hurt themselves.

I told my doctor that i wanted to go back to work as soon as possible, and he told me that it would be up to me when i went back, and as long as I was not doing heavy lifting or other strenuous activity, i was "cleared".

I guess all I am trying to say is that each person should use their own judgement, and if it makes you feel more energetic and less stressed out to go back to work, then by all means explore that possibility with the doctor.
Unread 03-03-2008, 09:13 AM
When to go back to work?

I'm concerned with this also. My surgeon isn't interested in discussing me going back to work early although I did make a follow-up apointment for March 27 with the intention of a gradual hours return on April 1..my actual return date is April 7 and I wanted to give myself a hand up by working part hours the week before to get back on schedule..I think I'll work afternoons so I can enjoy the mornings with my husband.

It seems everyone is different, but I'm maintaining project manager on a fairly large project while I'm out now and a one hour conference call last Thursday almost killed me because I couldn't change position. I'm on e-mail from work every other day just to check in and tomorrow I've got to have dh drive me to pick up some survey results so I can summarize them for my team.

Its a little bit of work but nothing I don't think I can handle..I have a habit of over-doing and thinking of everyone else, so these responses of going back too early & regretting it are good for me to read.

The surgeon's assistant told me to call & cancel the appointment for Mar 27 if I don't feel up to returning the week early..I will wait & see I guess..

Thanks for posting this.
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Unread 03-03-2008, 11:35 AM
When to go back to work?

I, too, am fortunate that I work in a firm with very considerate people and to a certain extent, I work independently. And it is a desk job. The main response here when my colleagues see me is, "What are you doing here? Take it easy!" So I feel no pressure, except from myself. I just found that once I got up and out, I had more energy. And I really enjoy my job and wanted to be around the people I like and in a job I find stimulating. Finally, I have the luxury of leaving any time if I get too exhausted and going home to my lazyboy.

Thanks for responding!

SAH due to many fibroids. surgery 2-6-08
Unread 03-03-2008, 05:53 PM
When to go back to work?

7 weeks post-op and today was my first day back to work.

With the exception of the wonderful Washington, DC :steer: to work, I think it was a good day. The commute was the worst.

Being at work was fine. I am starting to feel like .... I don't even know how to describe it. It's not normal - because normal had become 2 overnight pads all day and night. Heavy bleeds. A duffle bag in the So, I guess I feel the start of a new life ....

Blessings on each of you ....
Unread 03-03-2008, 06:24 PM
When to go back to work?

Ew, DC traffic. You must be a woman of great patience to live there. I drove from Baltimore International Airport to Alexandria Virginia & it took me over 2 hours. I am usually very even tempered and I started to develop a tiny case of road rage. Maybe I did something wrong & was lost...
Anyhoo...I got exactly 6 weeks from the day I was released from the hospital. My situation is different regarding job/vacation days...(I'm in the military), but I got what is considered a standard amount for a TAH & since it does not count against my normal vacation & I receive full pay, I was pretty happy.
I feel I would have been fine to go back to work at 4 weeks, but I did not pursue it. If money would have been an issue, I could have probably gone back for half days at 3, but it probably would have slowed my healing down.
In some respects, 6 weeks has almost been too much, but I know I'm well healed and ready to go back this week. Kind of. Ha ha.
Unread 03-03-2008, 10:10 PM
When to go back to work?

Wow...I was off 8 weeks and even when I went back I went back parttime for the first two weeks back. I'm a preschool tecaher and it wore me out at parttime. Your body must be a speede healer. My dr wouldn't even let me drive for 6 weeks. I was under dr's order to avoid stairs until my two week check up. Heck taking a shower wore me out let alone if I had to go to work!

TAH-kept ovaries
Unread 03-03-2008, 10:22 PM
When to go back to work?

I am in wine sales, so my office is my car. I didn't get back out there, full time, until 5 weeks post-op (I had planned to be back at it a week after surgery.) Hahahahaaa! Not advised when you get out of your car 10-15 times a day.

I did, however, work via phone the day after surgery and continued to work via phone and email for 5 weeks.

I'm 100% commission and sole support, so it all worked out well.

BTW, I had LSH.
Unread 03-04-2008, 07:13 AM
When to go back to work?

In thinking about this whole issue of when to go back to work, and wondering why this question was so important to me pre-op, I realize that a lot of my feelings stemmed from the fact that I really get a lot of support from my friends and colleagues at work - emotional support, laughter, concern and more laughter. How lucky is that?! Money was part of it, as I basically earn only when I work (lawyer), but I think most of it was knowing that I feel really loved and connected with a few people here at my office. While my husband did the obligatory taking care of me and expressing concern, I certainly didn't get what I would called "pampered" for many days after surgery (I relied on my girlfriends for a lot of that) and as soon as I got dressed, it seems he thought my recovery was over. I think I knew this would be the dynamic before the surgery. So the idea of staying away from a large support network was overwhelming to me. Also, I really feel more of myself when I am at work.

In any case, for those of you who have concerns about working post-op, for whatever reasons, I think this thread has shown that getting connected back to work issues can certainly happen well before six weeks, if that is what you want. If not, I completely understand the idea of staying home for the six weeks. I can tell the recovery period takes at least that long. If I were home all day, however, I would be expending just as much energy, but just in other ways.

I'm at four weeks tomorrow and will work again for 3-5- hours and then go home for my nap!

This thread has been really helpful to me. Thanks!

Linda (age 47) 3 very helpful kids (16, 14, 10) one trying to be helpful husband.

SAH due to many fibroids. Kept cervix.
Unread 03-04-2008, 07:41 AM
When to go back to work?

You put it very well, Linda. It IS a very personal issue.

I too wanted ladies to be aware that it was OK to go to work sooner IF they wanted to...that they don't HAVE to take all that time off if they feel like it would be better to be at work.

I have some of the same family dynamics as you...hubby not the best at being supportive...sometimes more work being at home than being at work(I have 9, 11, & 12 yo sons).

I do think there is a fine line between waiting long enough and waiting too long to return to activity/work - like your body actually regresses and has a harder time getting stamina back if you wait too long.

I also had the supportive environment at work - as a high school teacher, my coworkers and even many of my students express more concern and appreciation than my family, sometimes. I get a lot of satisfaction and validation from my work. Plus, when I'm not there, the work piles up, and I have to get my 150 students and myself back in the routine when I return. And I worry about how they are getting along with the sub, etc. It's almost like being away from my own children and leaving them with a sitter long term! So it was mentally stressful for me to be away.

Apparently this is one of those important issues to me, too. I read so much about needing to take so long off, and even had a couple of responses to some of my posts that insinuated I shouldn't encourage others to return to work so quickly (2 1/2 weeks post-op). After reading so many negative posts before my surgery, I just want ladies to have the knowledge and hope that recovery can be that fast and smooth...that it might give some other ladies some peace of mind and comfort as they do their research.

Everyone has to take their own feelings and health (both physical and mental/emotional) into consideration when making this decision.

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