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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 708
   Posted 6/23/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I started back to work today (1/2 day) after being off for a month because of the foot surgery.  It was high anxiety as I was walking in and I felt like I didn't belong there for some reason.  My anxiety by the time I left was at a peak and I immediately came home and took a Xanax.  I don't know why I am feeling so anxious about the job.  I did it before the surgery, why am I feeling so much more now.  Just plain weird.  I was welcomed back by everyone warmly and even given a welcome back gift basket which was really sweet.  Maybe my anxiety is due to I've been off for so long and I don't like change and it will take time to readjust.  But, made it thru the morning and now safe in my comfort zone on my couch at home.  I'll do it all over again tomorrow and hope it will be easier.
Thou shalt smile and have a nice day.  It frustrates those who have other plans for thee.
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications:  Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 6/23/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey you, Your pretty smart as I think you figured it out all by yourself.  Just being gone for a month you feel a bit out of it and now you need to let yourself adjust gradually.  You are the same person, you just had foot surgery.

Why don't you take 1/2 of a xanax prior to going to work to help keep the anxiety at bay?  Just a thought and remember you are a special person and you do a good job.

Gentle Hugs



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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2721
   Posted 6/23/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Diane,

That is so normal, really! When you are out of the habit of doing something then it is totally natural to feel "out of place". I remember how freaked you were when you got back from the hospital and now your home is your "safe haven" again. Doesn't anxiety play the meanest tricks on us?! I hope tommorow goes more smoothly...I'm sure work will seem less threatening soon. For now curl and and pat yourself on the back honey, you made it through the whole thing. :-)

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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1952
   Posted 6/23/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   

It sounds like you did great for that first day back. Give yourself time to get back into the flow of things. Hey, sometimes I feel discombobulated after just a weekend, let alone a whole month out of the office.

Hang in there. You can kick this anxiety to the curb, especially with your beautifully doctored feet!


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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 752
   Posted 6/23/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I am sooo proud of you Diane  yeah  

It took great courage to do the 1st day back at work thing 'Well Done' - journal this as being a positive day and positive step forward and stick it to your fridge door to remind yourself just how brave you really are!

Positive thing No. 2 - no more being at home - stuck in one place - YAY...It's like a new beginning for you really - a fresh start, and you are obviously working with people who really care about you - and thats gotta be a bonus...Take meds as you need to, but I bet in a weeks time you will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about :-)

Sista J.


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