Ready to go back to work? !

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Hi all. Just wanting your thoughts on returning to work. My note runs out next week after posterior prolapse 4 weeks ago. Although I'm feeling ok the worst position to be in is sitting upright. Especially if at a desk for 8 hours. Has anyone got advice who has been through this procedure? Should I take more time off or maybe reduce hours? Don't want to go back and then end up off sick again as rushed things!! I also have 2 young children so it's not a case of resting when I get home (that's when 2nd job starts ) !

Any experiences would be appreciated.

Thanks. Jo xx

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    Hi Jo

    I would definitely get signed off for another couple of weeks - take as much time as you can.

    I went back to work just half days last week (10 weeks after A&P repair) and its been difficult - very uncomfortable sitting and driving - hoping I havent done any damage but Matron has reassured me that it is just swelling and bruising from too much sitting.

    The general rule is that recovery takes at least 6-8 weeks and as you have children - take that amount of time off and be kind to yourself.

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      Thanks so much for your reply. Hope your recovering well? I know I'm bored and feeling guilty for not working. It's the external stitches giving me the most grief which I didn't expect to have to be honest.
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      Dont feel guilty - i tried to enjoy the time off knowing that i wouldnt get this time off again (hopefully) even though I didnt feel brilliant - and often you will have a good day followed by a not so good day or days so take as much time as you can x
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    4 weeks is too early to return to work after this surgery. I even think 8 weeks is too be honest. If you went back at 8 weeks it should be on a graduated return basis and your GP can indicate that on your return to work note. 
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      Thanks. I will let you know how I get on next week when I see my GP. it's difficult because I feel ok at home with legs up and general pottering. Would hate to push it and go back too early then push it too much to soon. Xx
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