I had a fever so they thought maybe it was a hematoma based on the CT, but the specialists couldn't agree on what they were seeing so they just stuck me on antibiotics. Fever went away, but not the pain. The other theory is that the nerves they cut are spazzing out and sending mass signals to my brain that they aren't attached anymore and that they need healed. I was told they should stop on their own, but I don't know when.
Basically, I'm on way more meds and in more pain than I was before the surgery. Everything sucks.
Gosh, so it's been 2 weeks since the surgery and while my side is better, my leg is not. I still can't wear pants. I can't sit in a chair for more than a few minutes. Stairs are still an issue. I stay in bed basically all day.
But hey, I got a call from my disability caseworker cheerfully reminding me that I am expected back at work on March 1st. Nothing like that hanging over my head to add to my stress. Ugh!
GG - I know not all employers have to follow this - but can you get the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for your situation?
I am out on the FMLA and while it does not say I will have my exact job back, my employer has to give me an equivelant one.
also, your surgeon should be telling your work, you cannot work! not like this!
how about retiring on a disability?
I am so sorry. I check this all the time for updates on you.
I am all out of FMLA and nearly out of short term disability. I honestly don't know why I still have a job, but they have been very patient with me. But, I am just dreading going back to work - 45 minute (if there is no traffic) drive each way + 8 hours in a desk chair.
I tried putting on baggy sweats and sitting in a cushy chair, and I made it all of 4 minutes. That little attempt at normalcy still has me wrecked several hours later. I go see my doc tomorrow so I'll see what he says. Since this surgery is so rare and not always successful, I have no idea if or when I will be able to do little things like sitting, driving... riding.
I really hate doing the whole "woe is me" thing but I'm starting to panic. Retiring sounds nice, but I'm only 40.
My doctor says that even though I can't see it, he notices that I've made progress. I don't look as worn down as I did before the surgery. My husband says the same thing, so I guess I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I guess I don't look like anymore.
Anyway, today he put me on a higher dose of painkillers to get me up and moving around more. Ugh. But maybe I will finally be able to make it out to see my horse.
However, more drugs means I can't go back to work because I've been told I'm not allowed to come to the workplace while on prescription narcotics - even if I'm fully functional on them. I'm pretty sure this is not true. But anyway, my doc says I won't be ready to go back at the end of the month anyway so he will take care of the disability peeps when they come a'callin.
My husband says I can "retire" if it comes to it and to stop stressing about it.
So, I'm going to try! Thanks again for all the well wishes. They help keep me sane.
ETA: I'm really enjoying my silly Betta thread in the Menagerie. My dorky fish lets me think about something else for a change.
Last edited by GotGait; Feb. 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM.