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Unread 02-03-2012, 05:35 PM
Re: One of my concerns about work

Thanks so much everyone for your input. I know that I won't know until then if I can go back to work, I just wanted to know if it was at all possible. I am going to hope for the best.
I don't mean to imply that I am indespensible, I know my workplace will carry on without me, I just don't want my co-workers to have to have a heavier load because of me.
I have asked about working from home, and that is a possibility. There is no pressure from my job to be back soon, it is all coming from me. At work they are telling me not to come back too soon, and in fact they are saying I will not be allowed back to work without a note from my doctor saying that he has cleared me to return.
Thanks again for all your input.
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Unread 02-03-2012, 05:58 PM
Re: One of my concerns about work

Having supportive co-workers makes it so much easier. Try not to feel too guilty for them if you are not able to go back early - remember that you would do the same for somebody else, and you may still get that chance.

As you say, hope for the best! Good luck with your surgery and recovery.
Unread 02-03-2012, 06:55 PM
Re: One of my concerns about work

Originally Posted by JWaltersRN View Post
I also work from home, but I'm having a LAVH. I've read that sitting is difficult, and I have to actually be at my desk. No commuting, though. I've arranged for 6 weeks off, with the option to come back early. What experiences ave you guys had with returning to work?
Being at a desk, My crafting passion is sewing apparel... (something I do for fun) and this week (end of week 2) has been the first where sitting up for extended periods of time hasn't been an issue; whereas last week (week 1) I wouldn't have been able to do it, even finding comfort on my couch was an issue. So as of yesterday I am back at my machine completing projects that are hanging around my office. I can't lift my fabric bins though .. =(
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Unread 02-03-2012, 07:57 PM
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I'm hoping to return after 2 weeks as well. I'm having a LAVH , but I know if i have too i'll take extra time, don't know how i'll handle doing nothing for that long,
Good luck for your return as well, but as everyones said, we gotta take care of us,
Unread 02-03-2012, 08:40 PM
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My work is very supportive as well as my coworkers, so we are lucky there my friend! I am leaving 2 nurses to carry a very large case load, so I understand where you are coming from.
My point was not that you felt indispensable, but as women in the workplace it can be very difficult to "slip" or feel like you aren't pulling your part of the team! The point is that you are fortunate to be part of a real team environment, so never feel guilty about doing the right thing for your health!
Lighten the mood and remind them how much less time you wil, be in the bathroom during the hellish bleeding, or how much more productive you will be without being hampered by the pain, or the pain medication if that's been your control method.
I feel like a total bum disappearing after the launch of a major project I all but begged to be on, but thankfully, I work with a spectacular group of women ( and men with wives and mothers) who would literally kick me out and drive me home, tie me to the couch and drug me unconscious( they are nurses, they are qualified to do so, LOL)
My surgery is a few days after yours, so when you are bored, message me, and we can celebrate the fact we dont have to move, together!!
Unread 02-03-2012, 10:20 PM
Re: One of my concerns about work

Speaking to your guilt over missing work. I felt the same way (I had abdominal and was out for 6 weeks). At first I didn't really want to talk about what I was going through, especially to male colleagues. But once the cat was out of the bag I was somewhat surprised to find nothing but total support. My very strict corporate HR department bent over backwards to make sure that I was OK first, worry about work later. My coworkers, who definitely had extra work while I was out, were more than understanding.

I think you will find that people are generally good and caring. Your health is important and will make you a better employee. Be honest, as awkward as it may be, and you will be surprised!

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