When did you go back to work post-op

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   Posted 5/25/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
My doc has me out for 6 weeks, but I was off for 6 weeks before. I'm afraid I'm not going to be ready in 3 1/2 weeks. I'm still struggling to figure out a system that works for me, struggling with getting insurance to tell me what they do and do not cover, having a hard time eating at all (i have weight to lose, so that's good), now I have severe skin irritation, and I'm just pretty plain weak (even though everyone says I look great!) because I was down and out so long before surgery... it's hard to spring back.. though I am trying to get up and move. Once I get stronger my husband and I are going to start walking more around the block and riding bikes...i just don't have it yet.

Ok, so, that said, when did you go back to work? I'm nervous. I work for family, so we can work things out, but I'm thinking I need an extra 2 weeks. Did you miraculously just turn around a week or so before work? I guess I wouldn't be so worried if I hadn't worked so much while I was sick to the point I wore myself down. My family is changing my job position when I go back as well. I will be learning an entire new position. It won't be difficult, more tedious, but my days will be a little calmer. I won't be interrupted as much before and it's much slower pace, but I will still be learning, so that will be tough.

Thoughts? I'm nervous.. I see my surgeon Friday...and I think we need to discuss this..but I don't want to just whine about it...but I'm afraid to go back too soon and risk being out with more problems....
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Colozal. Failed Entocort. Failed Rowasa. Failed Steriods. Failed Steroid Enemas. Failed Remicade, Failed Clinical Trial ABT-874/Aisle 12, Failed Humira(severe reaction).
May 7th - Partial Colectomy - Sigmoid Rectal Ostomy - Partial Rectum left for possible re-connect later. Trying to get used to this new life with a bag.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
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   Posted 5/25/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I got my bag Nov.19 and went back to work sometime in Jan..it took me a bit to gain enough energy back to stand for 4 hrs (cashier) But when I got my reversal I had had my bag 5 months and I had almost all my energy back then.. just when I was feeling like myself again I get another surgery haha but with my reversal my energy bounced back so fast! I just had it April 29th and Im already back to playing basketball and running and hanging out with friends..doing whatever I want =D Your not much older than I am so your energy should bounce back pretty fast too =)
17, SENIOR in high school
Dx with Ulcerative Colitis on March 18,2008
Step1 Ileostomy on Nov.19,2008
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   Posted 5/25/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   

I went back to work after 3 weeks.  Everyone is different and 6 weeks is the average.  Try and wait until the 5 week mark and see how you feel.  You can always discuss this with your surgeon then if you feel you need more time.


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 5/25/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
since you are working for family, maybe start back part-time and see how it goes...you can always add hours each week when you feel you are stronger.

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   Posted 5/25/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to work after 6.5 weeks. I felt ready at about 4.5 weeks. If you can go back part time at first, then do it. I was so tired the first week back. I have been back 3 weeks and feeling good.

Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

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   Posted 5/30/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I left work on 1/24 and had surgery on 2/24. I am a teacher and did not finish out the school year. I had planned to go back in April but that was really unrealistic for me. Frankly, it's only been this week--now over 3 months since surgery--that I've felt a little more like myself. Folks here encouraged me to take as much time as I could. Thank goodness they did. I am still recovering and have a long way to go. Just 2 days ago was the first time I could lift a bag of flour from the bottom shelf of the grocery aisle and put it into my cart. Still, midway through shopping I had to grab a cold drink. I may be the exception--I need/needed lots more time.

Good luck to you.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.

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   Posted 5/30/2009 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I waited 5.5 months..but I have to admit the last month or so I was milking it a bit LOL

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