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Hi ladies, I was due to see my consultant tonight (5 weeks post op), the reason was that my sick note runs out on Monday, she had requested a 6-8 week follow up. After reading comments yesterday on the forum I decided I would reschedule this appointment so I now go to see her at 7 weeks, I've contacted my GP and he has extended my sick leave for a further two weeks for now and I've to get in touch again if I need longer. Do feel a little anxious now.

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    Hi Carolyn,

    Glad to hear your not rushing back to work, 2 weeks can make a big difference to your long term recovery. You will feel a a bid difference in 2 weeks time when you look back and compare.

    I was just starting to think about trying a little ironing and hovering around the 7/8 weeks, and had started swmiming as my discharge had stopped; swimming is low impact and good for all over fitness important in building up fitness levels again.

    Swimming renders us weightless in the water and therefore there is no pressure on the pelvic floor.

    Take as long as you need to heal properly Carolyn, you don't want to gave to have surgery redone if you can avoid it.

    Look after yourself,

    Keep resting,

    Phyl x☺

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      Your right Phyl, the thought of going through this again horrifies me.unfortunately I don't swim either so just rest. My head is saying I could cope at work but the body says differently.
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      Hi hun I had my 6 week check up 2 hours ago and it wasn't as bad as I thought, however I have developed plantar facilitus in my left foot and iv got high blood pressure so iv got to go back in 3weeks. I think because I was dreading the physical examination it really wasn't that bad she said that it's all healing nicely there's still a few stitches but has told me to still rest and don't over do it. So has given me another sick note for 6 weeks. I hope these eases your anxiety a little.xxx
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      I think I know what you mean about your head and body disagreeing! I too have my sick note run out next Tuesday - can't see myself going back. (trying to work out how I can not go back at all - but that's another story!)
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      So glad to hear you are healing well Topsi,

      Sorry to hear you are having problems with your foot along with high blood pressure. I hope everything sorts itself out soon for you.

      Tskd care and look after yourself,

      Healing hugs x☺

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      I only wear Fitflop shoes now - have done wonders for plantar faciitis and arthritis in my knees. 

      Glad to hear your post op went well. I cannot imagine what work will say if I'm signed off for anotoher 6 weeks.

      I still struggle with the definition of "over doing it" though. How much is too much. Do you only knwo if you've done too much when you've done too much?!

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      Hi trizwizz,

      I think we get so bored and we feel so great when we get up in morning after resting all night and think we can do more than we really can; which is why we so often hear all the time of ladies overdoing things and having to rest and chill out the next day.

      We often feel guilty at being of work and feel we shouldn't be. I thought I would be able to return to work at 6 weeks if they had got me light duties, but looking back I now realize that even light duties at that time may have been too much.

      Even comparing now (12 weeks post op) with 6 weeks post op, there is a big difference in how well healed I am. I would have been putting the long term success of my repairs at risk.

      It is only a few more weeks, but can make a massive difference.

      Take care, hope things work out for you,

      Phyl xx☺☺

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      Your right to some extent, mainly trial and error! But not meant to do anything for first few weeks then only build up really slowly so that if you manage a little and all OK then do just a little more next day and so on ( only things like eye level dusting, making sandwich , but nothing heavy and no bending as it causes down pressure on wounds.

      But you are right it is difficult.

      Just a little at a time !

      Phyl x☺☺

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      Hi trizwizz

      I only wear sketches shoes/flip-flops cause there cushioned and they seem to be helping with my foot and I been soaking them every other night in hot sea salt water to take the toxins out. I do feel a dragging sensation the nxt day and feel really tired if I have over done it the day before. So still taking it slow I'm managing the school run now which is easier. I hope you feel better soon to.

      Big hugs.xxx

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      Yes the cushioning helps - that's why i use Fitflops - the branded version - expensive though I try to buy in the sales but so worth it for me.

      Feeling better physically a bit I think - emotionally is a bit different! I did go into the garden today and cut a bit with secateurs - alas digging which i find very theraputic is way beyond me!

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      yes my job is not one that I can do "lightly" - I will either be fit or not. Funnily enough I don't feel guilty at all. I have had some knee surgery in the past - one went a bit wrong and I was off for 12 weeks that time. It was dreadful I felt like I should be at work, missed 'my' children.etc etc. This time I think emotionally it's been very different and I don't feel like doing anything really. Had these horrible side effects of menopause like symptoms I wrote about yesterday which has knocked me for six. daughter doing gcses and elderly parent problems haven't helped either!

      It's rather refreshing to hear that things do get better - especially as most on this forum seem to be based in the uk so similar medical experiences. I've searched other sites and they seem to be very American based

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    Why do you feel anxious carolyn?
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      I was feeling anxious at seeing the consultant and being told she thought I could go back to work I suppose.
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      Oh I see. In my experience consultants don't usually say whether you should go back to work or not and usually leave that to your GP and yourself. Take all the time you need and make sure you're probably better x
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      That's interesting because I just asked for a phone call from my GP and he asked me how long I needed without seeing me and said it will take as long as it takes.
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      It's your body carolyn and we all heal at different rates as well so I'm pleased he's basically left it up to you. Good doctor.
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      Yes our gp too will give  asick note over the phone. My husband had an accident at work a couple of years ago. He worked out his planned return to work then emailed it to the gp who copied it out onto the sick note for my husband to pick up later! I will go and see my gp though at the end of this week
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