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Unread 07-04-2009, 08:01 AM
Going back to work....

Hi, I am a bit confused about going back to work. I had my preop last Wed and the doc said that unless there are bladder problems with the surgery, I can go back to work as soon as I want to (who WANTS to go to work???) I am supporting four of us by myself so can't really be out for that long - I have an office in my house and can work from home for a few weeks, however, the nurse told me that she has seen many many patients two days after the surgery who she has to tell to slow down because they are acting like they did not just have surgery. Could it possibly be THAT easy???? Trying to plan on how much time I need to be on the sofa......
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Unread 07-04-2009, 08:59 AM
Re: Going back to work....

I would say that you should go by how you feel. I think that taking it slow and easy and not rushing things is a good idea; allow yourself time to heal. Maybe you could work half days at first or have a place to rest if needed? A hyst is major surgery, no matter which method is used, be good to yourself

Best wishes.

Unread 07-04-2009, 09:14 AM
Re: Going back to work....

I was kind of in the same boat that you're in. I support the family and I couldn't be gone that long from work. I was back in the office after about 7 days. But honestly, it would have been better if I could have taken 2 full weeks off. I'm coming up on my 3rd week and feel well enough to spend a full day at the office. If I could have afforded to be out of work for 2 weeks, in hindsight - that's what I would have taken to have an easier recovery. a
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Unread 07-06-2009, 12:48 AM
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I had DaVinci, radical hysterectomy and was out for four weeks, which is when I was cleared for EVERYTHING! It really is amazing what the robotic surgery allows us to be like afterwards. And I had none of the gas pain I was hearing about f/some of the other ladies. WHen I went back to work, I was ready. Still a bit tired, but other than that, it was great. I would have gone back at week 3 but I had catheter issues that held me back a bit.

Good luck to you!
Unread 07-06-2009, 09:37 AM
Re: Going back to work....

I had a TAH and I tried to go back after 2 weeks, well not counting the week of the surgery, so in all 3 weeks. I should not of done that. all the emotions were hitting and I was still so tired. I had an embarrassing moment at work when my bowls woke up all the way and I was hurrying to the bathroom every hour and the gas... man I am surprised they didn't call in a chemical attack. :P By about Wen. I said I was going home and took the rest of the week off to spare my coworkers.

I am still off right now cause I got bit by some kind of nasty spider on the 4th and my arm is all swollen up. Oh well. so much for my plans. To bad that spider was not radioactive. :P But it sure hurts like it was.
Unread 07-06-2009, 08:35 PM
Re: Going back to work....

Majek4 -

Are you keeping your ovaries? Mine were taken out and the surgical menopause hit me hard. I also had lymph nodes out so had to do a bit more healing. I was out 6 weeks and worked part-time from home first 2 weeks I was back. By 8 weeks I could start to handle it.


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