I had my appt at UPenn yesterday, and we scheduled my surgery. July 6th!!! Um, that's TWO weeks from today! I go for pre-admission testing next week. It just hit me that I'm having spine surgery in TWO weeks! Yup, it's nerve-wracking.
Now for my dilemma. I found out on Monday that I got the job I had interviewed for a couple of weeks ago. It's a desk job as a telephone triage nurse at a local hospital!! The pay is great and it's weekends, so no daycare for the kids. I'm so excited because I can drop my disability claim. I can't wait to get back into the working world. The problem is that I am supposed to have hospital-wide orientation on June 11th and 12th, which is only 5 days after my surgery. The surgeon said he gives patients 6 weeks off, but he said some people feel well enough to return to work after a week or two. He said some people go back to work after a couple of days, and he was completely fine with me going to work soon after the surgery, if I'm feeling up to it and not having to take a lot of Percocet to help with the pain. Do you think I'm being unrealistic by thinking I can start working only 5 days after my surgery? Do you think I should see if I can push orientation back a week or two? I guess I don't want to rock the boat when I haven't even started working yet.