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Return to work in 2 wks? Return to work in 2 wks?

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Unread 07-16-2010, 10:30 AM
Return to work in 2 wks?

I don't know what I was or if I was thinking. I'm planning on returning to work 2 wks post op. (I had a total hyster-laproscopic) I'm a nurse on a 28 bed rehab unit. No, I won't need to lift or pull, but I will be on my feet 8+ hours, mon-thurs. I feel great now, but don't want to mess with all of that internal healing. Need advice so I can get someone to replace me!
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Unread 07-16-2010, 11:26 AM
Re: Return to work in 2 wks?

Hi moonwoman!!!

If it is at all possible it would be a good idea to take more time off to let your body heal. If you really want to or really have to go back to work so soon, do be very careful!!!

There are ladies that do return to work very soon after surgery and do fine. I would not have been able to even think of returning at 2 weeks.

Good luck!!!

Unread 07-16-2010, 02:53 PM
Re: Return to work in 2 wks?

Hey!! My Dr. allowed me to return to work in two weeks, but he made me promise that I would take it easy and just sit down at my desk although he did say that walking was great.
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Unread 07-16-2010, 03:38 PM
Re: Return to work in 2 wks?

i have a desk job and was't ready at 6wks. i was almost 4wks and the first week i was pretty worn out. take the time if you can, you deserve it!
Unread 07-16-2010, 04:27 PM
Re: Return to work in 2 wks?

Hi Moonwoman ~~

My advice is to take as much time as you can. I had a TLH and returned to work as a teaching assistant at 7 1/2 weeks. It was really rough and for the first few weeks back I took Wednesdays off so that I would work 2 days then a day to rest, work 2 days, then the weekend to rest. I was really surprised at how many aches, pains, tugs, pulls, discomfort I had when I returned to work. I didn't have any complications other than my surgery took 6 hours. This was just how long it took my body to heal. I could sense a bit of improvement each week, but it was not easy. I'm now at 5 months and finally feeling like I'm normal again.

Best wishes to you as you heal and recuperate.
Unread 07-16-2010, 04:35 PM
Re: Return to work in 2 wks?

Yes. Listen to your instincts. You have one chance to heal. :-)
Unread 07-16-2010, 05:43 PM
Re: Return to work in 2 wks?

i had the same thoughts.. lol oh i can go back at 2 weeks.. lol.. ya i just went back monday after my six week mark.. and the last week i felt almost 95% normal.. but today.. at the end of my first week back.. i dont feel normal at all.. take as much time as you can... physicaly and emotinally you need it.. lol ive been told by everyone to remove my superwomen cape... lol
Unread 07-16-2010, 08:23 PM
Re: Return to work in 2 wks?

Thanks folks. Yes, I'm going to ask for another week. Will definately miss the paycheck but I don't need the complications of not healing properly!! (I'm sure the hospital will be okay with a monthly payment plan for my insurance deductable... )

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