Stress Impact on Healing?

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Hi. I am a month post operation from a trimoral fracture. I have a plate with 5 or 6 screws on the outside and 2 long screws on the inside. I am non-weight bearing for at least another 2 weeks. Therefore I am working from home as it is of course my right ankle.

I am wondering if anyone has had a lot of stress and how it did or didn't impact your healing. I am super stressed out at work right now. My doctor has said I can only work 40 hours a week (I'm doing 8 hours a day this week but I'm extremely tired) but next week they are expecting me to work 12 days in a row. They are able to keep within the 40 hours as they said to work a reduced schedule (6 hours a day) 4 of those days, but not over the weekend. I have tried advocating for myself but have been told I need to be a team player.

Is this just anxiety talking or do I have a right to be concerned?

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    I had a triameollar fracture Feb 2019. Non weight bearing for 6 weeks. I was told it would take a year to feel back to normal. I'm much better but not what I call normal for me. I'm doing everything I did before but slower. I go to the gym and spin. Going down steps I'm still going down one step at a time. I broke the same foot eight years ago and was all healed in 3 months. This is very different. Don't be too hard on yourself.

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    People hear fracture and think you will be back to normal very quickly. This is not the case when a plate and screws are put into your body. The bone will heal quicker but the ligaments take much longer. I'm already thinking when to have the metal taken out.

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    You have the stress of having a job along with the stress of healing. I had bouts of depression and even though I'm healing on target after 6 months I'm still not back to normal and stressed about that. I'm a person who usually heals quickly and this has done a real number on me. I don't want to be negative but you have to know it's a long recovery.

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    Holy crap What kind of company do you work for?!?!

    Your doctor should supply you with a note saying how many hours you are capable of handling

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      my doctor did write me a note... but the company is circumventing it by saying I am working 40 hours Monday to Saturday and then 40 hours Sunday through Friday... which leads to 12 days in a row. I think I am going to call them back and see what they say about this development...

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      Thats just crazy

      12 days in a row!

      Contact your HR department and have tour doctor write a very specific work order

      Something that goes like "Kristi can work 5 days for 8 hours with 2 full days off per week."

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      I got the note! I'll be working Monday, Tuesday, off Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, off Tuesday, work Wednesday- Friday. Then back to normal weeks but I'm already on vacation on the Monday after these crazy weeks.

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    Six month's post opp and still have some pain not alright butt getting better.

    Don't be hard on yourself I was told to slow down so it did.

    Starting back up slowley currently on sticks age 55 years..

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