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Unread 03-07-2008, 11:19 AM
Going back to work?

I am on my 7th week of disability. I am supposed to return to work on March 17th. I don't feel that I am ready to go back. I am very tired and weak. I went shopping with my husband yesterday and came home and took a nap and sat on the couch for the rest of the day. Today I feel exhausted.

I am thinking about seeing my doctor next week to ask for an extension to stay home for a couple of weeks.

Have any of you ladies done this or plan on staying home longer? That would put me at 10 1/2 weeks.

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Unread 03-07-2008, 03:10 PM
Going back to work?

My Dr. told me that 6 weeks was the time that she normally had someone stay off work for surgery. But if I needed more time she would have given it to me. I think if you talk to the Dr. and let him know that you aren't physically able (you know how you feel) then he should allow you to stay out longer. Everyone is different. Good luck. I was ready to go back to work at 6 weeks but I worked only 4 hours for the first 2 weeks and took naps in the afternoon and the 3rd week I worked until 3:00 and then after that I worked 8 hour days. I had to gradually get back to 8 hours a day.
Unread 03-07-2008, 03:43 PM
Going back to work?

I just went back to work Wednsday. 9 weeks. I too, felt tired and not ready to go back. When I spoke to my Dr. a few weeks ago, she suggested walking twice a day, back and forth in front of the house, each day going a little farther. I did this, and after a couple of weeks, I couldn't believe how good I felt and was ready to go back. I was very surprised. I was also very afraid to go back to work ( I manage a Benjamin Moore Store) lifting paint cans! eeek! I worked Wed. 9-3, came home and slept until 6! Exhausted. Yesterday I was sore especially along the incision (vertical 8") and my legs. Went away once I started working again. Today I worked 9-6 and am happily tired and sore. Only going to do 4 days next week. But it feels so good to be out and about again. Helps that I love my job. Definitely speak to your Dr., again, everyone is different so maybe an extension will be a huge benefit to you. Good luck with your recovery, hope you feel better soon.

Nadine, age 45, TAH/BSO :comfort
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Unread 03-07-2008, 04:26 PM
Going back to work?

Can you go back part time ? It helps if you can go back 3 days a week at first or even half days. I am on my feet all day, so I started back 2 days the first week and only 5 hour shifts. It helped to ease back into work slowly.

Listen to your body and take it easy. The walking will definitely help. I stated back at the gym (just the treadmill...too hot to walk outside in summer) after the second week post-op and it helped me get back to normal energy wise.
Unread 03-07-2008, 04:35 PM
Going back to work?

Do indeed speak with your doctor to get an extension for time off work if you are not up to it! I am 7 weeks post-op and have worked two weeks, not full days or hours and it is not an easy proposition and I mainly sit at a desk working on a computer. I can't imagine that if I had a physically demanding job that I'd even be back to work. Today I took off work, went for groceries because DH needed some things. Correct ladies, I should have said "Here's the list, honey." Ugh...I must be "buying" in to his attitude that I am back to 100%. He let that sentiment slip out last Monday morning as I departed for work. I reminded him that I am not completely healed. Anyway, this too shall pass. I love you ladies! Keep up the good work!
Unread 03-07-2008, 05:01 PM
Going back to work?

Everyone is different, and the work is different too. I sit at a desk most of the day, and other than that am not required to lift anything or do anything physical. I went to work 2 weeks after surgery and am feeling stronger and stronger every day. I think that "having" to get up and go has helped. I have also been lucky to have an easy recovery.

The suggestion of getting up and walking - increasing a bit every day is a good one. Especially now that the spring weather is coming!!
Unread 03-07-2008, 05:12 PM
Going back to work?

I don't know what kind of work you do, but I'd say definitely talk to your doctor about extending your time out. If you're not ready, you're not ready. You know your body the best.

Are you doing any regular exercise? Even stretching? Sometimes just having a regular physical routine will help with energy and stamina.

I'm due to go back to work March 21 and I'm slowly increasing what I do, how far I drive, and adding different activities. I find that I'm having less fatigue, if not more energy. If it hurts, I don't do it.

I'm hoping that by slowly working my way back to my usual working/life pace, actually getting back to work won't be as difficult.

Unread 03-07-2008, 05:34 PM
Going back to work?

if you cant get an extension, can you go back part time?
walking every day and increasing the length each day might really help with your stamina. good luck
Unread 03-10-2008, 01:06 PM
Going back to work?

Hi ladies,

I went to my doctor and he gave me a 2 week extension. He didn't say anything about walking but I will sure start doing it little by little. I don't want to feel tired when I go back to work.

Thank you all for your input and happy healing.
Unread 03-10-2008, 11:50 PM
Going back to work?

I was very apprehensive about returning to work also. I stayed off work 2 weeks longer also. My Dr. put me on iron supplements and recommended exercise. I now walk at least 2 miles per day and feel much better. I do the walk at home exercise with Leslie Sanson (I think that is her last name) and love it. I also sleep a lot better. Good luck to you.

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