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Going back to work tomorrow...tips to make it easier? Going back to work tomorrow...tips to make it easier?

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Unread 01-17-2010, 05:08 PM
Going back to work tomorrow...tips to make it easier?

Evening, ladies!
Hope you are all doing well and feeling a little better each day.

I've been off for 4 weeks and I go back to work tomorrow. I am feeling pretty well, but still have twinges of pain, some back pain (still!), and get tired. I am a little concerned about sitting upright in a chair for an entire 8 hour day. I worked a little from home last week, but only a couple hours at a time and forced myself to take breaks and rest throughout the day. I've blocked out the end of my day to avoid getting late meetings the first couple of weeks...hopefully, this will help me get out on time each night. I have a feeling I will be tired and ready to get home and rest. I think I am mentally ready, but still feel a little apprehensive. I have a little anxiety about possibly needing to wear my nicest yoga pants to work tomorrow...we are casual, jeans are allowed, but that is NOT going to happen. I can get into them, but they hurt my belly still...ugh.

Do any of you have advice to make the return to work transition easier?

I'm trying to stay positive tonight and not get too much Sunday night dread...

Thanks for your ideas. Its great to have sisters who have been there every step of the way through this recovery process.
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Unread 01-17-2010, 05:20 PM
Re: Going back to work tomorrow...tips to make it easier?

Have an ice pack and recliner ready when you get home.
Unread 01-17-2010, 05:36 PM
Re: Going back to work tomorrow...tips to make it easier?

Sounds like you have made a good plan for back to work. Don't work late and leave early if you start feeling any fatigue. You will be tired and should plan to rest when you get home. That second shift will have to wait a few more weeks as you build up your stamina and regain your energy. Best wishes to you.
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Unread 01-17-2010, 07:31 PM
Re: Going back to work tomorrow...tips to make it easier?

My first two weeks back were as exhausting as the first two weeks after surgery. My advice would be sure to have nothing scheduled for the evenings and weekends for a couple weeks yet. If someone else can cook dinner or if you can have delivery or microwave options, that would be best. You still have healing to do, and you'll be tired.

Good luck!
Unread 01-17-2010, 07:39 PM
Re: Going back to work tomorrow...tips to make it easier?

Best of luck! I went back at 8 weeks, due to my job requires heavy lifting at times. Monday 1/11 was my first day back. Things went well....by wed. I was starting to feel the fatigue kick in. Friday after work, I ended up on the sofa channel surfing fell asleep. Hubby woke me up for dinner, then to bed I went. It just takes some getting used to with being off for so long. However pain wise I felt great, just exhausted by Friday! I woke up Saturday and feel like a new woman. Ready to do it all over again tomorrow Take out will be your new best friend. After working 8 hours last thing I wanted to to was cook. Best of luck to you!!

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