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The Coundown in my head The Coundown in my head

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Unread 08-27-2011, 05:05 AM
The Coundown in my head

So the last few weeks, all I can think about is this silly countdown in my head. With 19 days left, I just don't see how I can get it all done. I don't get a lot of shifts at work and technically I'm being laid off with the promise my job will be there when I can come back. But that means I won't have any income the whole time I'm off.

I'm starting to panic a little and have almost called in more than once to cancel. The only thing that stops me is I don't think I can go another year with this period and pain.

Only 19 more days and it feels like it's a century away and at the same time tomorrow.

Anyone else fighting the mental countdown?
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Unread 08-27-2011, 11:00 AM
Re: The Coundown in my head

Same here - my surgery is on the 16th as well and I am excited and freaked out at the same time. I can't wait to start feeling better - I am so anemic ....
The other day I backed into a car and here is a the kicker .... the lot was empty except for me and the car I hit - yikes

Work, I just try to get through the day without any damage - four more days and I am on vacation

My pre-op is on the 7th - I think once next week is over time will just fly.
Unread 08-27-2011, 11:01 AM
Re: The Coundown in my head

Hi Aille, I was there too. What worked for me was to prioritize my "things to get done" list. The least important things had deadlines in advance of surgery, if they weren't done by the deadline they didn't get done. This allowed the most important things to take priority as my surgery date approached, one can only do so much. I actually worked in my office until midnight the night before, sounds crazy but I was so tired when I went in I don't remember much and practically slept until the day after (not so bad, if you think about it).

I had a SAH and don't regret it at all. To not have "Auntie Typhoon" visit monthly with "crime scene" bleeding (as so well described by fellow sisters) is liberating. I was able to go back to work after 4 weeks off, though I will say 6 might have been ideal as there is a major change in energy by that time. I've always been of the belief that "you can't get time back, but you can get money back". Take your time off to heal and be good to yourself, it'll be so worth it!

Good luck!
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Unread 08-27-2011, 03:00 PM
Re: The Coundown in my head

Waiting is the absolute worst !

It drove me to panic attacks.

I was sooo nervous and scared.

Just make a list of things to get done, keep reading through this site and you'll be prepared.

It will be fine and you'll get through this.

Surgery was a breeze. I felt I had only been asleep for a couple of min.

I'm on the road to recovery and feeling better everyday !

Unread 08-27-2011, 03:53 PM
Re: The Coundown in my head

Keep your head up girl! My surgery is on the 15th and I get freaked out too! But having a solution to the is worth it. Just take it one day at a time and try not to think about all of this. I know it is easier said than done but just try. And if that doesnt work just think of all the pain that you are in and the periods, then think of how much relief you are going to feel once this is done! Keep your head up and just know that this will be a relief for you! ((hugs))
Unread 08-27-2011, 07:34 PM
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Hi, do you British Columbia right? Well here in Canada as long as you have enough hours you can go on a paid sick leave with the government for up to 15 weeks. Then after the 15 weeks if you do not have a job to go back to you can go on unemployment. It only pays 55% of your salary before taxes but it is better than nothing. How many hours have you worked in the past year? You can go on the Service Canada website to look up information or call the number provided if you cannot find the answers on the site. I hope you qualify. I took off way before my surgery due to severe pain and it is fairly easy to get approved, just get a doctor's note stating how long you need to be out and you will be approved, the only thing is they do not pay you for the first 2 weeks and it will take about a month until you receive your first payment. I am getting paid for the entire 15 weeks because I will have been off 17 weeks by the time I go back to work. Let me know what happens
Unread 08-27-2011, 07:36 PM
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Oh yeah also here in Canada they legally have to hold your job (not sure about part time or if it is a small business) for the full 15 weeks after that I do not think they legally have too, Good luck!
Unread 08-27-2011, 10:01 PM
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I only get 14-21 hours a week, and I know it's not enough to qualify for the short term disability. My job is considered part time/on call so they don't have to hold my job. However, I have an in there, my DH is the assistant manager & the manager is a good friend, so I know I'll have something once I'm allowed to go back, but I know it will be about 8 weeks. I have to lift, stand and carry with my job. I am looking for a new job though, something where I get to sit.
Unread 08-28-2011, 03:42 AM
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I just wanted to add that time does start to speed up towards the end. I've been waiting about 3/4 months for this surgery. (Nope, not in Canada) And now its a meer 10 days away. Actually less since today is almost over. I'm really starting to get excited and nervous. I still have so much I want to do before hand. I'm trying to accomplish a few things a day. Plus my kids start school tomorrow and that was my first count down. Now that they are back, its to my count down. Its constantly on my mind too.
Unread 08-28-2011, 06:10 AM
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Though it's a few years in the past for me I know how this feels! Just know you're doing the absolute right thing; make sure everyone who can make it to a post office is alerted to send you lots of Get Well Cards, these were great to come home to! And if you can farm out tasks for the first week home try to do that so you can relax about things. I had a friend come stay with me the first three days I was home. I was more laid up than I'd thought so it was a good thing and it allowed my husband to go to work.

There's always something left undone but the one "must do" is to take good care!


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