Thanks for your PM Jim - as you suggested, I'll let peeps know how things went at work this week.
As part of my phased return, I worked Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Now we are on Easter break for 2 weeks, so it's all good.
Monday was fine as I worked in the secondary school. I was doing computer work for a couple of hours (using my special chair) and nearly fell asleep!!! It was hot in the staff room, very quiet and actually quite boring!
On Wednesday afternoon I was uncomfortable - not totally surprising though because I did an errand for my hubby first thing. Then I met my ex-boss at 10am for a couple of hours. Then I drove straight to work and, after that, had to attend a Podiatrist appointment and, when I got home, had to dogsit my daughter's dog. THEN I WENT TO BED TO LAY DOWN and rest my aching back!!!
I suppose I tried to do too much. On the days I do not work, I am still trying to maintain the same timetable, i.e. get up early and keep busy until I would normally finish work. But the environment on Wednesday afternoon was at the primary school and, I'm afraid, bending comes as part of the territory.
It was the toddler group Easter party and, although I did not work on the floor (thank goodness), there was obviously bending involved.
I had to take my morphine solution twice during the day and whilst it helps to take the edge off of the pain, it makes me extremely tired. The weather was lovely, but inside it was very warm, so I asked to be excused for 5 minutes while I went outside the school gates to walk a little and get some fresh air - to help clear my head.
All in all though, I think it went fine. I imagine it will take a little time to build up to working a full day without having to collapse into bed! I hope this process doesn't take long because in 2 weeks, when I return, I will be working Monday and Wednesday all day, so fingers crossed.
I'm optimistic so far and I cannot complain about the way my employer is accommodating my return to work. They have made many adjustments to support me and I'm very grateful. The successful outcome is all in the hands of my BACK now.
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!