I warn you, I'm going to vent a little. Here is a great reason to not go back to work too soon, even if you're going stir-crazy and honestly feel like you would like to work a little.
I'm almost five weeks post-op from my ALIF L4/L5. I am doing very well. I have no pain: back, leg, or surgical. I just get tired. Last week my surgeon said that I can go back to work a few days a week for a few hours each time and then we would reassess in a month when I go back for my CT. I own my own business so I can pretty much do what I need to do without anyone making me do something I am unable to do. I went to work three days last week and it was great. I felt human and when I felt I needed to sit, I sat. When I felt I needed to lay down, I laid down on our break room couch. I did not over do anything and I left after three or four hours.
People that work for me tell me that I look great and they can't believe I just had major surgery. They were really encouraging and that was nice. HOWEVER, because I look like I am doing well, and I don't complain about anything, I have the impression that I am being taken advantage of. Two people have decided to not come to work this week. One has a "bladder infection" which she began meds for on Friday (I worked for her that day) and the other went to Denver over the weekend and can't get back until Thursday. She told me that since I am feeling so much better she thought I could work for her. So, guess who this falls on? You guessed it, me! I am so upset. I cannot work more than 20 hours a week (max). I pay people well. They have great hours, benefits, etc. This feels very personal. I cried for about 3 hours last night. I was so freaked out and mad at myself because one of these employees had done this to me in the past and I forgave her and hired her back after an incident that lead to her termination. I feel stupid for trusting her and very stupid for going back to work so soon. Stupid, stupid, stupid!
My husband took the day off from his job today so he could work a shift with me. He's great. I had time to think and I rearranged everyones' schedule. I end up working five hours more than I was cleared for but it could be worse. I think I can even take shave a few hours here and there. I need this fusion to work and since I'm feeling so great, I want to stay feeling great.
Sorry for venting. Thanks for reading. Everyone here understands frustration so I knew you would be okay with the venting.
For those of you who haven't had surgery yet, be careful when you go back to work. Do not go back too soon, even if you feel okay. Don't do it......!!!