I completely agree with the above assessments. I find that a lot of our self-worth stems from our environment. When I am in a enjoyable and encouraging environment, I feel positive, happy. However, if I were to sit home all day and read books, I would begin to feel isolated. You have had your ileostomy for a while. You know your body and what you can and cannot do. Personally, I think going back to work is a wonderful idea for many reasons…working builds your self-worth - your independence so to speak, it helps you to feel connect to the outside world, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, and so on. You are so fortunate to have such a wonderful staff of people at work. I am sure they will be supportive and encouraging. I really believe in Joann’s comment...going back to work does give you a feeling of normalcy in your life. With so many abnormal things to adjust to – ostomy, IV fluids, PICC line to care for, stoma issues and such, it would be great to find a nice consistent place to feel normal and productive.
Just my 2-cents….
Here is my question..with tax season upon us, would the added stresses and demands cause more undo strain on your body both physically and emotionally.
Of course, I am not the best one to listen to about this....I was on my bike the day I got home from surgery. It helps me feel like myself again.
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
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