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hydrangea
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   Posted 3/2/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Talked to my doctor last night about my progress. I am feeling like I really need to go into work. My pain is very tolerable. I only took one pain killer today, and one muscle relaxer. The only thing I am worried about are the superficial blood clots. Still have my arm wrapped, and going for another ultrasound Friday.
 
My husband and mom think I might be jumping the gun a little, but I really feel very good. I am actually going a little nuts at home. I have been studying for a test that I need to take next month.
 
I just hope I don't have a set back. Going to go in for just a few hours. I really think mentally i will feel much better. It will be great to put make up on and get dressed.
 
My Dr. said it will be either the worst day of my life or it will be tolerable. Lets hope for the first.
 
Hope everyone is having a pain free day.
 
 
Diagnosed crohns Disease 07, Bladder tumor and inflammation, Herniated disc, spinal stenosis, facet arthritis, degenerative disc disease, siatica, Three laparoscopis, hysterectomy, physical therapy, trigger point injections, spinal epidurals, Meds lyrica, vicodine, amrix.


straydog
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   Posted 3/2/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hydrangea for your sake I hope you are making the right decision. But, I must say this, I have seen this happen repeatedly and the folks end up going back about 10 steps which makes it even harder at a good come back. Reality is you are fresh post-op, you are not even healed on the inside. it is wonderful that you are feeling so well, but that can be snatched away very quickly. I am surprised your employer is letting you come back this soon. Are you worried you may lose your job? Please be very careful. I just hope you don't mess a good thing up. Good luck.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


PAlady
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   Posted 3/2/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hydrangea,
I guess I'd have to say "ditto" to straydog's thoughts. I think it's terrific you're feeling as good as you are, but surprised your doctor released you to return to work so soon.

Please listen to your body and don't overdo it and if you're feeling at all uncomfortable recognize staying home a little longer may make what sounds like a good recovery continue.

Take care of yourself! Good luck!

PaLady

skeye
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   Posted 3/2/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hydrangea,

If you are going to start back at work, you might think of only going in for a partial day. It may not seem like much now, but you'll probably find out that you use your back a lot more than you thought.

Don't rush into things too quickly. You just had major surgery & you need to give your body time to heal. Good luck.

hugs,
Skeye

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 3/2/2010 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Please be careful...as Stray has said..and I've done it myself...thinking that I was feeling so great..then doing something that set me back pain wise...

Our bodies need so much rest after a major surgery to really get the proper healing...

But if your Dr. and employer are both saying that they are ok with this..then just go easy...

Take care..
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005 
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006
 
 


MsBunky
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   Posted 3/2/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hydrangea,

First off, I am SOOOO happy to hear you are feeling so good after your surgery. It must feel amazing to go from unbelievable pain to feeling darn good. That being said, I hope you will decide to do part days/half days for the first little bit, so you don't overdo it. The last thing you want and need is to set your recovery back to where you were pre-surgery...or worse!

I hope your employers have a "return to work" plan for you, and that they're not pressuring you to return too quickly. As bored as you are right now at home, you might want to consider staying home at least for the rest of the week and maybe going in for a bit on Friday afternoon, when it's generally quieter at most places of employment. People will also want to "visit" and you'd be surprised how quickly that can wear you out.

I know you'll make the best decision for you and your body, but I care enough to want to add my two cents worth here.

hugs, and have a great week, whatever you do.

Pam
Conditions: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pelvic Pain, FAI, Reynauds, IBS, Interstitial Cystitis, Surgical Adhesions, Ophthalmic Migraines, Severe Hot Flashes (Surgical Menopause and drug related), plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
Surgeries: Appendix, Uterus, Nissen Fundoplication for GERD, Left Ovary, Gallbladder, Right Ovary, TVT
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/2/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Hydrangea! I for one am shocked at your progress! That is amazing, and it is wonderful to recover that quickly. I'm expecting to be off of work at least 6 to 8 weeks minimum. Be very careful with pushing it too much! Please keep updating us with your progress. Simply amazing! :) Lucky you! :)

SE
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/3/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Dear Hydrangea,
 
      Good morning *hugg* It is good to hear from you. Even better that you are down to tolerable levels of pain. Thats awesome!! But, I was thinking, perhaps skeye has a good suggestion? Perhaps just half day and see how it goes?
 
     I wont ramble on, just wanted to stop by and tell you how wonderful it is that you are healing so well.
 
*hugg*
  dani

 

 

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hydrangea
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   Posted 3/3/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, I did go into work today till about one this afternoon. I actually feel good. Walked into a very messy kitchen when I got home. Wow things don't change, mom goes back to work and everyone is right back to their old ways. Dirty dishes, someone left the milk out, and yes dog poop on the floor. Man I was mad. I guess everyone thinks (even the dog) that I am right back to my normal self. Even though I feel good, I think I will tell everyone that I Hurt just so they pick up after themselves!!!!!!!
I really had to hold myself back from cleaning up the kitchen ( I did get the dog mess hahaha ) . Time for a sit down with the family!! I guess the figure I was back to work that I must be fine.
Just wait till everyone get home for school and work.hahahaha

Thanks for the good thoughts everyone!!!
Diagnosed crohns Disease 07, Bladder tumor and inflammation, Herniated disc, spinal stenosis, facet arthritis, degenerative disc disease, siatica, Three laparoscopis, hysterectomy, physical therapy, trigger point injections, spinal epidurals, Meds lyrica, vicodine, amrix.


straydog
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   Posted 3/3/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Awesome-please go slow and easy, remember to be kind to yourself and your body. Avoid bending for at least 6 weeks. Yes, let those kiddos clean the kitchen and anything else they can do around there to help you out. I would rather read posts saying you are feeling great rather than not, surgery was a major event, please remind them at home. Why is it, before having surgery we nearly kill ourselves to get everything done and ready. Then in a few short days it looks like we did nothing, so frustrating, but thats ok, it will be there later. By chance did your dr tell you that walking is the best form of exercise to help build your strength and stamina? Take care.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


skeye
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   Posted 3/3/2010 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats Hydrangea,

I'm glad that you were able to get back to work & are feeling so good. Just remember it hasn't been very long since your surgery & you still need to take it easy. Don't overdo it! Tell the kids that they are still on their own for a while longer (and the dog too).

hugs,
Skeye
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