Hi all, I was just told I need to get a microdisectomy and after speaking with my HR department, and my manager, I realize that STD is the the best option so I have a couple of questions.
First, if you took STD when did you go out from work? Did you wait until right up until the surgery or did you go out sooner. I am a sales guy and my job requires me to drive a lot and carry about 30 pounds around when I am cold calling. My pain has reached a point in which sitting for more than probably twenty minutes results in exruciating pain and it takes me about ten minutes to be able to walk after sitting. My guess is that my surgery wont happen for a couple of weeks but I have thought about going out April 1st as it is the beginning of a new sales month and the fact is that I am getting pretty useless in my job.
Secondly, what kind of recovery time do you think I would be looking at until I can go back to normal work activity, namely driving and sitting. I have a cousin who is a commercial pilot and he told me it took him two months to go from surgery to the cockpit. He said that you had to be pretty careful when it came to twisting, bending or picking things up for the first couple of months but he emphasized that walking was crucial.
Anyway, i guess I am just wondering what most people end up taking in terms of total time off for this kind of procedure becuase I would like to start planning and be able to tell my manager what to expect.