Question about going back to work

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   Posted 7/19/2010 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
So I'm in an odd situation. The place I used to work for is hiring people and I applied and just had a phone interview today. She seemed very interested and since my skills are also the same for another higher level position (math/programming stuff which I was also very interested in) she is going to give the information to the hiring manager and get back to me by the end of the week.

Anyway, my takedown is also coming up towards the end of August (which I may see if I can get that moved up). So I'm wondering how this will all play out, lol. What is the average time after takedown that I would need before returning to work.
I can't imagine it would be that long since I've been doing the kegals religiously and exercising and now I feel completely like my old self again.
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Step one of Jpouch surgery - 6/2/2010
Readmitted back to hospital because of blockage (my fault cause I ate Steak n Shake 3 days after being released from surgery) - 6/10/2010
Step two of Jpouch surgery - 9/?/2010

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   Posted 7/19/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
This varies. I was out for 3 weeks after step 1 and then an additional 3 weeks after step 2. Generally step 2 has a quicker recovery as there is no new incision but adapting to food can be trying. If this is a desk job you can probably return within 2-3 provided you had no complications post surgery.

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 7/19/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
i was physically able to do most things within 1 week of my surgery barring heavy lifting, etc. Like most people will say, it is all dependent on the person. The recovery is a lot quicker. I was in the hospital for 4 days and was up and about driving, etc withing 7 days. I am sure you could start doing work with that time frame.
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