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?I had a posterior repair, D&C, Polyp removed and coil fitted 6 weeks ago and have seen my consultant today. I thought I would share with you that my repair is 'anatomically perfect'. I was so tempted to do one of my typical self-deprecating jokes and reply with 'shame you can't say the same for the rest of my body! I am known well for this sort of humour don't worry.
?Which is sort of the point of sharing my experience with you all on here....
?I work for an NHS Commissioning Organisation and being a patient has been an eye-opening and levelling experience for me about where we have shaved the edges of corners people sometimes still need.
?My surgeon, who I picked because he is a nationally recognised regional specialist in urogynaecology, (one of the perks of working in the NHS is you have this sort of knowledge), has clearly done an excellent piece of work. He was very pleased with himself, I could tell.
However, his interest in my general state of health and well-being was not a topic of conversation he was keen to pursue.?He is a surgeon, he has done his job and this is where patients get caught in a revolving door if they need reassurance I think. If you have a good relationship with your GP it is probably a much easier conversation to have, but I am registered with a large practice and see a diffrent doctor every time I go.
?So, I am healing well and the pain I still have is in the normal range. So, how do I go about negotiating a return to work when the surgeon says 'go' but negotiate phased return and my body says 'not ready'.
?I still get tired very easily. I can't sit for long periods. 20 minutes is the maximum I can drive and I am still taking codeine, albeit in smaller quantities. Nevertheless, this still impacts on my concentration and ability to focus.
?I know from this briliant forum that it is still early days for the sort of repair I have had, so any tips on how to assertively handle a conversation with a GP I don't know would be really helpful. It is so important to get the right outcome for such a surgical success story from a personal, professional and economic perspective. Isn't it??
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