First day back to work today - 6 months off - thanks!

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   Posted 5/4/2011 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I went back to work today - and just by chance it was exactly 6 months since I was last at work.

Amazing how quickly the time has gone - especially the last 4 months out of hospital. I'm looking forward to working and getting some money!

It's been a crazy experience and I must say that whilst reading some of the posts/stories/experiences on this board and others have scared me greatly [and still do!!] I'm thankful that there are people out there to answer a newbies questions and provide their own experience.

So - please pat yourself on the back.



[btw - there'll be plenty more questions to come!]

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   Posted 5/4/2011 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
congrats smackie!!! that's great news :)) when i got back to work, it was ony half day at first, but after 2 weeks i went back full time. i work a desk job, so it wasn't so hard. good luck!!!
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

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   Posted 5/4/2011 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on getting back to work, hope it goes well. I am easing back in myself. It's nice to be out in the world that way, although occasionally overwhelming....
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

Another UC wife
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   Posted 5/4/2011 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
congrats as well
64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) and no longer in pain.

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   Posted 5/4/2011 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats, I have recently gone back to work after having 4 1/2 months off for a bad CD flare. It was great to be back but overwhelming at times as so much had changed had to spend first week reading and relicencing.

I'm lucky in that we have a phased return policy and this is individual to each person so you work the hours you feel comfortable with. I did 3 weeks of reduced hours, gradually increasing them each week and had last week off as holiday and should been back to full time again this week but have managed to catch summer flu as feel rough as hell but determined to not phone in sick so finished 2 hours early yesterday and as long as don't feel as worse will do same tomorrow.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

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   Posted 5/4/2011 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats and hope that your return will make you that much stronger as it's giving you a new purpose after 6 months of caring for your body!!! :-)
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