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Realistic About Going Back to Work? Realistic About Going Back to Work?

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Unread 03-16-2012, 09:12 AM
Re: Realistic About Going Back to Work?

Yes, I am really hoping to be only out for 1 -2 weeks. I can work from home, but will still need to get into the office, at least for a few hours. My husband can drive me there, that won't be an issue. I'm thinking the pain meds will be over after the 2 week mark?

I'm not trying to be unrealistic and naive, I know it's a lot of repair. I am just trying to find the best solution for my job and my position. I was out of work for 3 weeks in 2010 when I had a rectocele repair.

My doc did say if I felt up to it, I could go back to work after one week.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 09:28 AM
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Oh, I hope so! I can understand how the stress of what is not being done can weigh on you. Especially after a new promotion, congrats!

Yes, I think pain meds will be done for sure. In fact, I would say the narcotics after a few days. i just had a lap for endo removal, colon separation from the abdomen, and exploration. I hoped to be able to return a week post-op ( I do health inspections, so just walking for 2 hrs). I made it through one store the first day, and said that was it! Day 2, I could make it through 2. But, I realized that I pushed too hard at the beginning, because I remained sore till about 5 weeks post-op.

The biggest indicator will be your body, only it can tell you when to slow down. Being in an office setting will definitely be better by far!

Good luck, everybody heading in soon! I am not far behind you!
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Unread 03-17-2012, 12:40 AM
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Hi Ladies. I had a LAVH and intended to take 3 weeks off. Didn't use pain meds almost at all. Felt pretty good first two weeks but then felt worse weeks 3 and 4. The pain wasn't the issue - I wasn't prepared for the fatigue. I also had/have pretty nasty insomnia on top of the fatigue so it may not be the same for everyone. I was very dizzy when standing and had brain fog and couldnt concentrate on anything the rest of the time. I also couldn't sit at a computer for very long as it really bothered my tummy and made it swell up even more. My belly would go up two sizes throughout the day. My advice - take as long as you can. Even if you feel okay you may be tempted to overdue it and there is a good chance you will spend the next day not wanting to get out of bed. Better to expect to be off longer and go back early if you can. Less pressure/guilt that way!
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Unread 03-17-2012, 08:19 AM
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The pre-op nurse told me that she thinks I could go back to work one week after a TVH to a desk job. I have been telling my work my goal was two weeks, but at my work they are telling me no way I can come back that soon.
Maybe two weeks will be enough if the pre-op nurse thinks I could go back in one.
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Unread 03-17-2012, 09:18 AM
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The pre-op nurse told me that she thinks I could go back to work one week after a TVH to a desk job. I have been telling my work my goal was two weeks, but at my work they are telling me no way I can come back that soon.
Maybe two weeks will be enough if the pre-op nurse thinks I could go back in one.
I could just NOT imagine going back to work at one week post tvh with repair - I was still on a catheter! I also think 2 weeks is unrealistic (based on my personal experience). At 3 weeks I went with dh to the grocery store and that was my very first outing. I felt every bump in the road and by the time we got home I felt like someone was trying to remove my vagina/perineum with pliers. I also do desk work and started back after 6 weeks, 2 - 3 days a week for 5 or so hours at a time. It was the best I could do. Let me tell you, those days I was completely exhausted. After 8 weeks was better as far as work went but still just part-time for me.
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Unread 03-17-2012, 05:41 PM
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Thanks for your input. My work is definately not pressuring me to go back, quite the opposite, they are telling me to take as much time as I need, and I have a lot of time I could use for paid time off. I will see how I am and will not push as I don't want to make myself worse.
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Unread 03-17-2012, 05:45 PM
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Also at pre-op they told me there is no way I would be going home with a catheter, that I would need to be ok without it before I would be discharged. But they said I would likely go home the next day. How long did you stay in hospital after your surgery?
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Unread 03-17-2012, 05:52 PM
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I had a Da Vinci TH on 1/31 and I am just as of last week (6 weeks post op) starting to feel human again. The first 4 weeks for me were tough and I had an uneventful recovery. The pure exhaustion alone from doing virtually nothing was the hardest.

Even now at almost 7 weeks it is hard to sit longer than 35 minutes or so if I am not on a soft surface..

I will be returning to work on the 27th of March. That would be just over 8 weeks for me and I've needed every bit of it..
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Unread 03-17-2012, 06:01 PM
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Also at pre-op they told me there is no way I would be going home with a catheter, that I would need to be ok without it before I would be discharged. But they said I would likely go home the next day. How long did you stay in hospital after your surgery?
I was in hospital 3 nights. I had surgery on a Friday at 7:30am but was not discharged until late day Monday. I spent the Sunday with the catheter out for the day but still had 300cc left after voiding and was recathed. They removed it again Monday morning and I was there for the day but still not emptying enough to satisfy my surgeon. She did not want any extra pressure on the cystocele repair so it went back in. Monday afternoon I went home and had home care nurse provided by CCAC. I did not pee sufficiently enough on my own until the Thursday.
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Unread 03-17-2012, 06:37 PM
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Also at pre-op they told me there is no way I would be going home with a catheter, that I would need to be ok without it before I would be discharged. But they said I would likely go home the next day. How long did you stay in hospital after your surgery?
I had surgery early on a Monday and went home Wednesday. I spent a good portion of Monday and Tuesday throwing up. That whole time they kept giving me anti-nausea shots, anti-clotting shots, anti-inflammatories and stool softeners. They wouldn't let me go home until I had a bowel movement.
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