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Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . . Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

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Unread 08-31-2011, 07:22 AM
Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

I was really apprehensive about doing so. I'm not sure exactly why -- maybe because my surgery date is sooner than I thought it would be, and I feel bad because our schedule is already out that far and I know it's not easy to find replacements. I thought about postponing my surgery until the end of October for that reason, but I want to get this done sooner rather than later -- and for other work-related reasons, it works out much better to do this now instead of waiting.

But I do feel like a huge weight is off my shoulders now! The good thing is that I work in a hospital, so I do have an understanding group of co-workers behind me!

Now the only people left to tell are my parents. They knew this was a possibility but I wonder how they'll react when they actually hear that it's a definite. I'm going to call them later today (they don't have a computer or the internet, or text, otherwise they'd already know! haha) and tell them. Wish me luck! I'm sure it'll be fine, but I'm still apprehensive of telling people!

Thanks for reading.
TR
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Unread 08-31-2011, 07:31 AM
Re: Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

Good luck, Tango! And if you do find that you need longer than two weeks, as many people do, don't worry about asking for more. Your recovery has priority over personnel issues at work. I needed longer than I initially asked for, but I feel great now!

Hope all goes well for you.

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Unread 08-31-2011, 03:19 PM
Re: Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

wow 2 weeks is not enough time, I would take more my doctor told me 8 weeks off work no matter what kind of hysterectomy you had, I know there are some people on here boasting they were back at 3 or 4 but really how did they feel all day , I am sure they struggled, I am 3 weeks post op and I would cry if I had to go back now, I am doing well but I am completely exhausted not just tired and I feel very weak. I hope you reconsider and take time to heal properlyl
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Unread 08-31-2011, 05:15 PM
Re: Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

Good luck!

I has my LSH 3 weeks ago today and feel great.

I work in an office and went back to work part time at one weep. Full time at 2.

Everyone has different recovery times depending on their surgery and their health.

I was fortunate to have had a very easy recovery. Did almost nothing but short walks for the first week.

Some on the post op board not ready to work after 8 weeks, it all depends on you.

Basically listen to your body, it will tell you.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 08:07 PM
Re: Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

Thanks for your responses! My GYN told me to take one week off for sure, and two if I could, so I'm taking two. I trust him completely, he's very experienced and he also knows what kind of work I do (I'm a nurse). When I do go back, I'll be part-time for a few weeks before I resume full-time hours, so do have a little leeway there, too.

I appreciate the feedback! You ladies are wonderful!
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Unread 08-31-2011, 08:18 PM
Re: Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

okay but if you do not feel ready take more time my gyn. said you only have one chance to heal properly and you will NOT be able to lift patients when you go back if your doctor says you can well he is not looking after your well being. Just take care of yourself.
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Unread 08-31-2011, 08:59 PM
Re: Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

Wow, at two weeks I was still in bed most of the day, unable to drive or even make myself something to eat. I am 6 weeks now and went to work for 4 hours yesterday and in lots of pain today. I am taking an additional 2 weeks off. Please take care and I hope you're feeling great at 2 weeks and ready to return to work! Best wishes :-)
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Unread 09-01-2011, 08:10 AM
Re: Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

what I say is you just do not know for sure until afterwards. I do not care what your doctor said. I have a very experienced gyn. he has done a ton of these hysterectomy's and he said 8 weeks. When I had my gall bladder removed many years ago, doctor said oh you will be up and about the next day. 2 weeks was more like it. I had a laparoscopy surgery so minimally invasive. I really am struggling to understand why so many on here post 1 week to 3 weeks back to work. Well maybe if your doctor had to go through what we did he would not say 2 weeks. My doctor said if I go back and my job is physical I risk having another surgery, he told me stories, I guess some doctor's ere on the side of caution and others do not. You will see when your surgery is done but I bet you if you do go back so soon you will be exhausted and sore.
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Unread 09-01-2011, 08:21 AM
Re: Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

I'm in a somewhat similar boat--my surgeon just offered me a two-weeks-earlier date which is so much better for me and just a bit sucky for my work.

I'm a special education teacher--it seems like when we're drawn to a "caring" profession like education or nursing, it can be even harder to step back for ourselves. I'm reminding myself that I'm a more effective long-term human being if I make choices that work for me and trust those around me to sort the rest of it out.

Two weeks might easily be enough time off before a part-time return, if it's an uncomplicated laparoscopic surgery. The tough thing is not knowing, on this side of things, if that's gonna be you or some other lucky lady.

I have three family members in nursing, and where they all work, at least, the system's set up to ensure coverage (it has to be), even if that means dragging in an on-call nurse for overtime. If you need more time, you take more time. They'll deal.

And if you don't, you don't, and good for you. You're surrounded by people who are trained to see complications, so I can't imagine a better place to return to!
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Unread 09-01-2011, 08:25 AM
Re: Gave work my notice today that I need to be off for two weeks . . .

Well that is my point, you and your doctor do not know how you will be feeling each person is so different. I am feeling better and stronger than I thought at this point but I would cry if I had to go back now as my job can be physical, I let my boss know that when I return I will have to be careful for quite a while and she was understanding, she replied" well you are recovering from Major surgery".
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