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Unread 11-04-2011, 04:07 AM
Work after surgery

My surgery is scheduled for 12/2 drs office said i will need to be off work for 4-6 wks. I cant afford to be gone that long. I am the GM for a tv station. I am planning on taking a wk off then go back part time. Any advise on how to handle this?
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Unread 11-04-2011, 05:43 AM
Re: Work after surgery

Hi, not sure how you'd feel with LSH? I had TAH and I am worried about going back to work on Monday (week 5) !
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Unread 11-04-2011, 05:52 AM
Re: Work after surgery

I understand your situation completely. I am not sure what type of surgery you are having, but I had a LAVH back in March. A job oppurtunity came up and I had to go to an interview 2 days post op. It was a little rough, but it was managable. I have another job too and went back to that one after 2 weeks parttime, and started the new job after 3 weeks post op. (I am a nurse, and I teach CNA classes at the technical school) It is not the "ideal" situation, but it is possible. I would make sure to take plently of breaks and get sleep at night. Do not lift, and sit as much as possible, also use ice. Remember your body is healing, so you need to take it easy. Drink plently of fluids, and if the pain medication does not make you fuzzy or drunk feeling, take it or ibuprofen. Word of caution, I did overdo it with the lifting and had a bleeding episode at 6 weeks. It was scary, but it wasn't serious. I feel that I am the type of person that feels better if I am doing stuff, the week that I sat home I felt down and lonely and actually felt better once I was "out and about". Good luck and take it easy!!!
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Unread 11-04-2011, 02:12 PM
Re: Work after surgery

Thank u Optimus and rtj for your advice. I do have a desk job so i will be doing a lot of sitting. My employees will helpout so i dont have to get up to get the faxes, mail , etc. Already told my boss i will only be at work pt for a while.
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Unread 11-04-2011, 04:10 PM
Re: Work after surgery

Tigerlilly,

You don't say what type of surgery you are having. If having abdominal surgery, I would say expect to take at least 2 weeks off and go back part time after that - with your doctor's blessing of course.

At the very least, you risk prolonging your recovery if you try to do too much too soon.

I know how hard this can be. I'm self employed and delayed surgery too long waiting for the 'right time' for fear I might miss out on landing a great new client or a job with an existing client.

Now that I've scheduled my surgery, I have found that a new client and an existing client are both very understanding and accommodating.

Since much of what you do is desk work, could you work from home?

Take care and best wishes
Lila (formerly of Rock Springs)
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Unread 11-04-2011, 05:21 PM
Re: Work after surgery

I have a desk job too and very helpful, understanding workmates. The problem early on is that sitting instead of lying down makes your insides very tender, swollen, achy and heavy. Your back also cops it! If you have a sickroom for a brief lie down when you need one, it may help?
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Unread 11-04-2011, 05:29 PM
Re: Work after surgery

I had DaVinci and I was able to go back to a sit down desk job after 2 weeks.
I make my own hours so I could take off if I did not feel well. Maybe you can return part time with the idea that you would be able to go home if not feeling well...
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Unread 11-04-2011, 08:41 PM
Re: Work after surgery

Thanx to all for the advice. I do have a sofa in my office and ican lie down if need be and i can do some of my work on a computer at home. Fyi i am having a partial hyster. Laposcopic and vaginal surgery
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