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  • Since all this has started with the pain in the shoulder bicep, wrist & into my fingers. I have not missed one day of work! The only time I have taken off was to go to my doctor appointments and with that I made sure that they were as late as possible so I would not miss but maybe an hour of work. I am the only person at my job that does/or can do my position. There is no one else. I have sat for 8-10 hours in mega pain but I tuffed it out because I have to and because I felt I could. No one has had to help me in my job nor has this stopped me from my daily tasks at home. Cooking, washing dishes, waxing & buffing my hardwood floors etc. These are things that have to be done and I can do them because I set my mind to it and block out the pain and JUST DO IT! So for the people that "know" me they "know" when I say I am going to do something and set my mind to it, and do it safely and responsibly it will be done. The power of a positive mind allows that!!!
    I won't use this surgery for an excuse not to work or to miss several weeks/months of work. My surgeon says there is no reason why I can't work, then I will. However, if he for some untold reason said I should wait a few more days I would. I would just go remote and work from home. So there is always a positive way to get something accomplished. I am a fighter always have been always will be. I have to be because who else will do it for you?
  • I applaud your positive attitude, and you sound just like me before my first surgery. Sometimes life throws a curveball and changes our plans though, so just keep in mind that you are not superwoman. I worked right up to my surgery date (had a very accommodating employer), and even stopped in the office on the way to the hospital the day of surgery so that I could do payroll. but I found out that even though I took pride in my job and thought I was the glue that held the place together, I found out that I was just as replacable as anyone else, and that no matter how much I sacrificed my own health for the betterment of the company, it really didn't matter in the end.

    Once you return to work, you will want to make sure you use a telephone headset so that you don't bend your neck while talking on the telephone. I found this very helpful. Also, ask someone to help you set up your workstation so that it is ergonomically correct. For example, position your monitor so that the top is about your eyebrow level. A thick telephone book works great to raise it up a bit. Take frequent breaks so that you can rest your neck, and remember to breathe deeply to try to let stress go so that it doesn't settle in your shoulders. Please remember to go slow and be very careful not to overdo. No job is worth it if you have to go back in for a revision. Your body needs time to heal.

    I wish you the best with your surgery and hope that there are no surprises.

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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  • Demure, not to hijack your thread, but I feel the need to just caution anyone reading your posts not to feel bad if they are unable to return to work as quickly as you are stating that you will be. Sometimes when one is so motivated, the words come off as arrogant and even condescending. I am sure that you are not that way, and wouldn't want any of us to feel that you are. Being positive is half the battle, and I admire that in a person. but for those who have a much more difficult time getting back to normal, please don't feel that you are somehow weak for taking longer to heal. Each person is different, as each circumstance is different. Several of may have the same surgery, but our symptoms and problems going into it may be different, hence resulting in a longer recovery. Happy healing to all.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • I've been working with/thru my pain and numbness at work as well. It's not easy, but you do what you have to do.
    I am the only person who does my job as well and postponed my surgery to get thru our busy season (I got Employee of the Month-so I must be doing something right), but I also trained someone else to get the company thru the time that I will be out for my surgery.
    I have done the "gung-ho" I can go back to work early after surgery and ended up having to have another surgery 4 months later because of it.
    So, I too have a positive attitude, but I have also tried to make sure I have "back-stops" so that I may heal without the pressures of being Super woman.
  • I set my office up the way it needs to be set up and I have always used a ear piece. I am not new to this at all, I know how to keep a good pace to get my job completed each day. My position is very very important to me and the company I work for. As I said I can go remote and work at home if I like. I need to be at my job and I will be. I am the glue because I own it. That is probablty the difference between you and I. I don't depend on others to do anything for me and I don't need a pity party either I am very independent, I have always been that is why I am where I am now. Yes, I am superwoman, I have always done for myself never asked for anything from anyone. I will help anyone with anything though.
    I will keep posting positive posts maybe it will help someone that wants to believe in something other than negativity. There is way too much of it. You choose how you would like your day to go, your week your moth your year. Don't allow sonmeone else to choose for you~ YOU CHOOSE!! Negative thoughts can make you sick and cause you pain or even more pain.. Postive thoughts eases it all. Try it sometime...you will see.

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  • Hijack - ha.. Yes please use caution while reading my "horrible posts" that may just help someone!
    You want to call me arrogant or condescending go for it! I choose! It doesn't bother me at all. I am motivated, very motivated to live life not to sit at home and feel sorry for myself!
    A positive outlook on anything is the whole battle! Like I said before you are in charge of you- you make it what you want. You want to stay home - stay home but don't analyze me because I have motivation to live life to the fullest and try to make people think I am downing them if they haven't gone back to work! IT is THEIR choice not mine I am not saying a word about anyone else only me and how I am going to win and LIVE LIFE after surgery. Analyze yourself first.
    I look for no negatives about anything! Too bad more people
    can't or won't think that way. If they did this world would be a much better place to live. Much Better!

    I will keep posting positive thoughts, surely it will catch on! I refuse to just be negative about this surgery! Heck I look forward to it I CAN'T WAIT!!!!

    I can even make your post a positive one yet there are so many negatives.
  • Ah Demure, my words were not meant to be offensive. Please don't take it like that. I wasn't trying to be hurtful in my post, and I apologize if it came off that way. In fact, I tried to carefully word my words so that they didn't come off that way. Please accept my apologies, as I was not calling you arrogant. you will notice that I applauded you for your positive attitude. In fact, I too had the same attitude and thought I would be back at work very quickly. Can we please not let this become an attack, because it was not meant to be. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Demurevenus said:

    Any one want to share their expierences going back to work after surgery. Good bad or Ugly! :))(
    You asked about our experiences and we are trying answering you. So, I'm confused about the sarcasm.
  • Correct. What I didn't ask for is the negativity, such as telling me that a week is too early etc. I didn't ask "can you tell me when I can go back to work"
    I simply asked to hear how people are fairing going back to work. Didn't ask for advice on anything. My post stated when I would be going back to work and how I would go about it.
    Sarcasm..........Never that is negative & huge waste of my time

    Really....everyone needs to take all this negative thoughts and feelings and make them positive. Is it that people have been so so so negative for so so so long that they have forgotten how to be happy and have positive ideas and thoughts. The negative energy must be exhausting, maybe that is why some of the people aren't back to work and living happily.
    Working is part of healing. sittin at home it so miserable. I don't know how people can do it! Get out get some fresh air. Meet new people! Do something, get out of the house and enjoy the time you have left on this great planet.

    This forum doesn't have a whole lot of positive feed back for other people it seems some not all just want to have company in their misery! Seems the small percetage of people that are positive that I have seen post ...GET SHOT DOWN but we positive people just buck right back and keep trying to get everyone on the same page.

    There is life after surgery..it is not the end of the world.

    Talk about confusing... I don't get why anyone would thrive so much on all the negative.. it is beyond me.
  • Wow that is a loaded question. You are absolutely correct in going back to work Demurevenus. Since your the owner of the company and it is your hard earned dollars controlling the company you betcha get back asap. As the owner of a company you have no worries that a insurance company or a human resources manager may say that you are not safe to be working. Also since your the owner it is not like your going to run it by your legal team to see if you they find it safe for you to return to work. As the owner you don't have to worry about having a surgery failure and going through another surgery as you be able to plan if that should occur. Should you be wearing a brace of any type you have no worries that someone is going to say that is just not practical in this environment. Also as the owner not as if anyone will think your making poor decisions and can do anything about it and or putting the company in jeopardy. As the owner of the company you had no problem getting your office set up ergonomically correct as you had no worries about funding it or waiting for approval so others wouldn't think they were being discriminated against. Maybe this thread should have addressed to business owners? Those that are employed by employers and being the owner of a business is a huge difference the same rules do not apply. What type of business do you own and how many employees do you have?

    I was also wondering why in other post you had to work things out with your job as far as the scheduling goes when the original appointments were cancelled? Seems as the owner you could very easily changed your schedule with no problem at all. Seems as though your still waiting for a discogram and a myleogram as those test are usually only performed when they can't see a clear nerve compression and there is no involvement with the cord. Good luck on your consultation on the 30th to see what type of surgery they will be performing. It is so nice to hear a surgeon that makes guarantees to a patient don't think i ever seen that but your surgeon must not be worried about malpractice either by doing so. Was wondering if he put that guarantee in writing? In my experience all the surgeries i have ever had signed a release statement and there was no guarantee of anything. It is so nice to hear someone say that spinal surgery is a "walk in the park" and they "can't wait" those are very interesting statements. But then again you haven't finished testing and aren't even clear what type of surgery they will be performing if it is needed at all? Maybe your positive attitude will keep you from the table as well? Possible they could keep you on conservative treatments as many have been able to do. Best of luck.
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