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Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks? Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

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  #61  
Unread 02-24-2012, 07:18 PM
Re: Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

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I'm torn with this as well. My surgery was 2/9 and I had my post op visit today. She said overall i look good. She said I could drive but only light activity, frequent rest etc. I started walking this week and experience some pain and tire easily. Last week I was in the ER for severe pain post op. I am approved for 6 weeks leave until 3/21. She said if I wanted to back at 4 weeks I could if I could do 1/2 days. I work at home but my job is very stressful and a normal day is 10 to 12 hours. I just know if I go back at 4 weeks I would get sucked into long hours and it would probably mess up my STD. She said if I can take off 6 weeks then that was good. BUT I feel guilty!!!! I know how busy my coworkers are altho they are being super supportive (and several have had their own surgeries where they have been out). I have done so much overtime for that company over the past 5 years that my husband thinks I'm ridiculous for even giving it a second thought. Why do I feel guilty??? I know taking the ful 6 weeks is the best thing and it's approved so why am I hard on myself. I also feel bad because I'll be off for a week in mid April for a vacation planned long before the surgery. I'll work my butt off to get caught up before I go out again. I know I'm very fortunate to have the leave -- why can't I just enjoy it? Sorry for sounding crazy..... Any suggestions to help me get over my guilt?
Honey, if I had the time I would soooooo take it. Your coworkers take the time if they need it. You are the only one who will put you first. If you go back and get more sick, what good to them will you really be? Take the time and fugetaboutit. If I had it to take, I would.
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  #62  
Unread 02-25-2012, 03:36 AM
Re: Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

Yeah what it is with us women and feeling guilty! Still I'm going into work Monday and see how I go...I've got a hair appt Thursday so I'm not going to work that day...got a school reunion and need a colour!
  #63  
Unread 02-25-2012, 06:34 AM
Re: Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

Guilt stinks. I know, what hurts more post op pain from going back to work to soon or guilt? Hmmmm I say stay out and deal with the guilt as best you can,it beats pain,fatigue etc from returning to work to soon and you can add resentment on top of that too.I felt some of that when I HAD to go back at less than 1 week post surgery (part time) and back to full time 12 days post.
I was so angry and resentful that there was just no way I could recuperate like a normally employed person.
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  #64  
Unread 02-25-2012, 07:36 AM
Re: Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

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Originally Posted by dskka View Post
I'm torn with this as well. My surgery was 2/9 and I had my post op visit today. She said overall i look good. She said I could drive but only light activity, frequent rest etc. I started walking this week and experience some pain and tire easily. Last week I was in the ER for severe pain post op. I am approved for 6 weeks leave until 3/21. She said if I wanted to back at 4 weeks I could if I could do 1/2 days. I work at home but my job is very stressful and a normal day is 10 to 12 hours. I just know if I go back at 4 weeks I would get sucked into long hours and it would probably mess up my STD. She said if I can take off 6 weeks then that was good. BUT I feel guilty!!!! I know how busy my coworkers are altho they are being super supportive (and several have had their own surgeries where they have been out). I have done so much overtime for that company over the past 5 years that my husband thinks I'm ridiculous for even giving it a second thought. Why do I feel guilty??? I know taking the ful 6 weeks is the best thing and it's approved so why am I hard on myself. I also feel bad because I'll be off for a week in mid April for a vacation planned long before the surgery. I'll work my butt off to get caught up before I go out again. I know I'm very fortunate to have the leave -- why can't I just enjoy it? Sorry for sounding crazy..... Any suggestions to help me get over my guilt?
I say you've earned the time so take it. Like others have said, you have only one chance to heal right. Better to take the leave you've earned now, while you can, than to have other problems crop up because you didn't heal properly and have to take other random time off. I know how you feel. I feel guilty when I am out for a day with the flu. You may still have guilt feelings if you take off but better that than to cause damage.
  #65  
Unread 02-25-2012, 02:06 PM
Re: Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

i had maor guilties,went back to work too soon and it was not pleasant at all.if i had it to do over i would took the whole six weeks out and went back to work a new woman instead of having to bite my tongue when ppl. asked me how i felt.it also took longer to feel better too.
  #66  
Unread 02-25-2012, 05:24 PM
Re: Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

I am only a week and 2 day post surgery, and plan on working tomorrow. I am a visual merchandiser, which means I am getting the store ready for people to shop, I don't need to lift any thing, just straighten. I only work 4-5 hour shifts, but everything I have read so far, I am a little nervous...
  #67  
Unread 02-25-2012, 05:31 PM
Re: Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

I'm a little nervous too because of everything I've read but honestly you and I had a da vinci hysterectomy. While we aren't ready to run a marathon, we probably can get through a day of work. There are some women who went back and did okay. We'll just have to try and mind over matter it.....
  #68  
Unread 02-25-2012, 06:04 PM
Re: Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

girls,even w/ davinci i wouldnt do this til next week.remember you may look healed on outside but think about what's going on the inside.ALSO once you put yourself out there ppl. have tendency to think you're completely better.you could end up w/ some major adhesions from not resting.i know DVH is simpler and in my opinion a better way but still i would take at least thru next week off.
i thought i was better at the end of week#2 from TAH.BOY WAS I FOOLED!!!!!i know its not same surgery but you're still healing on the inside.
  #69  
Unread 02-25-2012, 06:40 PM
Re: Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

It is all so difficult and confusing with the return to work...when I first went to see my surgeon who did the operation he said with laproscopic surgery I'd probably be fine to return to work 2 weeks postop, drive, exercise...oh you'll be fine after 2 weeks...yeah right what planet does live on! A man's one obviously...when I'm leaving hospital I ask for a Dr certificate from him and he gives me 4 weeks - go figure that! So I go into this thinking after 2 weeks I'll be pretty close to being back to myself...well I'm 3 weeks tomorrow and feeling very good but really wish I'd found this site prior to surgery, would have had a much better understanding and realistic overview...lucky for me my sister had a TAH a few years ago so I get reminded of her set backs...I'll let you know how I go tomorrow - first day back...administration job so just using my brain and computer work :-)
  #70  
Unread 02-25-2012, 06:53 PM
Did anyone return to work at 2 weeks?

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Originally Posted by acey View Post
I can't recommend strongly enough that you take all the time you can possibly get.
You may feel fine, but your body has been through major surgery and has a lot of healing to do. You risk doing yourself some harm if you don't rest and take it easy.
I know others have gone back at 2 weeks and had no problems but most would have liked longer if it was possible.


All the best!
My Dr said it would be 6 weeks before I could go back. He intends to do mine laparoscopically but I haven't even been to my pre-op. he did mention that the fact that I have had a csection before, he might have to perform it another way (not sure which other way). I've also had my left ovary removed 2 years ago along with a whole lot of scar tissue. My ovary was stuck to my colon! That brings me to my point!! Many on here stress that you only get one chance to fully heal & if not youbwillnpay later! not listening to my Dr at 17 after csection is what got me all the scar tissue that caused all these problems so I would definitely take as long as your Dr says. Best wishes to you!
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