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I broke my ankle on January 23rd, had surgery on February 4th. I broke my ankle in 3 places and also dislocated it-sounds pretty common here. I had 10 screws and a plate put in. I have had my 2 week follow up-put me in a cast. yesterday I had another follow up, surgeon said all looked good, he took out stitches and I was put into another hard cast. I go back in one month for a possible boot and possibly start putting weight on it. My question concerns work. I teach elementar school. I originally planned to go back 4 weeks post op (little less than 2 weeks from now). I cannot drive so will be getting rides from a co-worker who lives nearby. I will not have in class support and normally would never sit down but plan to change this for the rest of the year. Doctor said it is fine for me to go back in 2 weeks but I am a mess about the thought. I am really hurting today-probably because of the new cast, manipulation of my ankle, etc. I want to take an extra 2 weeks off and doctor said I can do whatever I want. I am having tremendous guilt about taking the other 2 weeks but I do not feel I am mentally or physically ready. I have to take pain pills to sleep at night (only need tylenol during the day) and I struggle to get up at a fairly decent hour-let alone in time to be dressed, drag myself on my butt up the stairs, and out the door to work. I have just started thrownig some meals in the crockpot and putting a few dishes away-feel proud of these milestones but pay for it with pain later. Am i being melodramatic? It seems that people went back to work so quickly. Most of my guilt comes from student needs. I can take the time according to FMLA-possibly will lose pay though which will be hard for my family. Please advise--similar situations?
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