LINX recovery and work?

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NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 1/7/2013 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
As you may have read in my other posts, I'm scheduled for LINX on January 15th. (As long as United Healthcare approves it.)

I had a question about recovery time. At work we can take FMLA but my boss is saying how there is so much paperwork and it's a huge headache, that I should just take vacation time. I do have 4 weeks of vacation (I've been here 11 years) but I kind of feel screwed if I use up my time so fast. I don't know if I'll be out a week or two? I know LINX recovery is quick but I don't want to come back in too early.

I'm going to call the doctor in a few days and ask him too. I wanted to call and ask about the insurance but that will take another few days. Figured I'd just make 1 call instead of 2.

If you had LINX, how long until you were back at work? I don't lift or anything, just sit at a computer desk and program. It's been hard to focus on work and be motivated/productive since I feel awful almost every day. My job is very mentally exhausting and so is this heartburn bs everyday.

Thanks in advance!

dencha
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   Posted 1/7/2013 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi NDL,
Congrats on your surgery date!  I'll bet you're looking forward to it.  While I don't have LINX experience, I can say that quite a few people who've been posting here post-Nissen have managed to go back to work after two to three weeks.  That said, they're not really happy about it, and wish they'd taken longer to give themselves time to heal.
 
The world won't end at work if you're not there.  You've been there for 11 years, so it's not like you're ditching a new job.  You have a right to take sick leave, even if it inconveniences others at work.  Please consider yourself when your make that decision. 
 
I'm a retired first-second grade teacher, and (because I didn't think my class could go on without me) decided that I would go back to school at two weeks (half time).  Since schools are a germ incubator and my lungs weren't in good shape, my doctor, principal, and teaching assistant all said NO!
 
I ended up going back after six weeks, and guess what?  It was like I'd never been gone.  Is there any way you could help at home via laptop computer?  That's how I kept in touch and made sure things were progressing properly.
 
Just remember that a decision to allow yourself time to heal is what you deserve. I know life-situations sometimes make that difficult to achieve, but try! 
 
I'm sure others will be by to share their back-to-work stories.
Good luck with your decision!
Take care,
Denise 
 
 
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NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 1/7/2013 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your quick reply :) I am excited and nervous!

My boss just went on FMLA and said the paperwork was awful and that's why he suggested using vacation time. I asked my old boss his opinion and he said make sure to take FMLA first - instead of vacation. That another employee did vacation time first, had surgery issues and then ran out of vacation time and screwed himself. He actually ended up getting terminated over the situation!

I just want to be 100% when I go back to work. I feel bad since I'm already behind on things because of not feeling well :/ It's just hard to know the future! That's why I need all the input I can get! :) Thank you!

dencha
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   Posted 1/7/2013 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi NDL,
Giving up your vacation time is too high a price to pay.  You wouldn't be able to enjoy your recovery time, thinking that you'd used your vacation time all up!  No matter what the paperwork involves, get started on it now!  You deserve time to heal AND time to play an enjoy life once you're recovered.
Good luck!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 1/7/2013 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
dencha said...
Hi NDL,Giving up your vacation time is too high a price to pay. You wouldn't be able to enjoy your recovery time, thinking that you'd used your vacation time all up! No matter what the paperwork involves, get started on it now! You deserve time to heal AND time to play an enjoy life once you're recovered.
Good luck!
Denise
Thank you for the support :) I just emailed HR to ask them where to start the process. I hope I can get all of that right asap. I know if you are "sick" for more than 3 days they want FMLA.

You're right - I would be sitting there worried and thinking of how I'm eating up all my vacation time and it's only January!!

OkYankee
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   Posted 1/7/2013 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree go on FMLA because it'll protect you and vacation won't. Good luck with the surgery. :)

NoDoubtLove
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   Posted 1/7/2013 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I called and asked how long I should medically be off work, they said at least 1 week. Then it depends on how I feel. So FMLA it is!

dencha
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   Posted 1/7/2013 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Good plan! turn
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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