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  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 6 months, 1 week ago

    Went back to work Monday on a phased return only working half days, I didn’t realise how tired I would feel I have been having a nap after lunch. I have just started a new job so I am just going through induction.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    Day 42 – good news the results from my surgery show no signs of malignancy.

    Had my incision redressed today and spoke to occupational health, the plan is a phased return to work from the 5th June.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 6 months, 4 weeks ago

    Day 38 – healing very slowly, had my wound cleaned and redressed today, have another appointment Monday, hopefully the antibiotics will sort out the infection.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months ago

    day 36, its my birthday today, been out for a meal with friend one of whom made me a cake, had a brilliant time, needed cheering up after the month I have had, got a sick note for 2 extra weeks, the plan is to go back to work on a phased return on 5th June.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months ago

    Day 35 – wound cleaned and redressed, starting 2nd course of antibiotics, going back for a wound review on Thursday.

    Occupational health are calling me again next Monday.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months ago

    Hi Vajazzle

    I have an appointment tomorrow with the practice nurse for a wound review, my incision is starting to smell but on the positive side I don’t have a raised temperature.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months ago

    I have had a tough year health wise, last August I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I have been through surgery, radiotherapy and now on medication for 5 years. Just as I thought I had turned a corner they told me the best course of action for me was to have a hysterectomy as a belt and braces approach to my cancer, and because I had been…[Read more]

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months ago

    Day 31 and I have had my wound redressed and been prescribed a second course of antibiotics. I had to smile when the nurse asked me if I wanted to book in for a smear test, I politely replied I had nothing left to test, don’t they read your notes!!

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months, 1 week ago

    I am 30 days post-op and my wound is still not healing properly, and I am in pain today, have taken some codeine which has not helped, I am going to ring the hospital and see what they say, although I have an appointment with the practice nurse, I might need to go back to the hospital for a wound check.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months, 1 week ago

    Louise100, it does not help that after 4 weeks I am still suffering from constipation, so going to the loo is difficult. I have been taking lactulose but sometimes this works too well, so I do not take it everyday.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months, 1 week ago

    I am 4 weeks post-op and my wound is still not healing despite antibiotics, I had it redressed again and I have another appointment to see the nurse on Thursday.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months, 1 week ago

    I had my telephone interview with occupational health today, they asked me about my health and what medication I am on etc. I explained that someone comes to see me to help with shopping, housework, laundry etc and that I have had an infected wound that is not healing properly. They are going to review my situation once I have had my outpatients…[Read more]

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months, 1 week ago

    The organisation I work for is very supportive about me having time off work, but the occupational health is a third party company. I am not going to allow myself to be pressurised into going back to work when I am not ready especially as I have a wound that is not healing properly.

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Vajazzle

    I am only 25 days post-op and occupational health sent me a letter to say the would phone me Monday, not sure what the format of this conversation will be.

    Thank you for your advice, its really helpful.

    Veronica

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Louise

    I usually walk or catch the bus to work,I don’t drive, and I have desk job working in IT support. I am mobile and pain free but I have had a wound infection for which I had a course of antibiotics. My vertical incision is still covered as there are a couple of gaps where it has not knitted together properly.

    Thank you for your…[Read more]

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months, 1 week ago

    Hi Claire

    Thank you for your advice,I feel ok in myself except I am bored and not sleeping. I went to the doctor about my sleeping issues, they did not prescribe anything, to be honest it was good to talk about how I am feeling. I have completed my antibiotics and have an appointment with the nurse on Monday for a wound review.

    I am not sure…[Read more]

  • veronica replied to the topic April operation 4 in the forum April 7 months, 1 week ago

    I am 24 days post-op and have just received a letter from occupational health to say they are going to carry out a telephone interview on Monday with regard to me returning to work. I am going to request that I go back part-time for a few weeks, although I am mobile and pain free I am still tired, not sleeping well and generally have a nap in the…[Read more]

  • veronica replied to the topic April Operation 3 in the forum April 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    I am 22 days post-op back at the hospital today to get my wound redressed, it seems to be improving as they have referred me to the community nurse, not sure when I will hear from them.

    I have been given a sick note for 6 weeks and my manager has told me that occupational health will be contacting me with regard to a phased return to work.

  • veronica replied to the topic April Operation 3 in the forum April 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Glynise

    I have a vertical incision which has not knitted together completely so has caused an infection for which I am taking antibiotics. I have had a dressing on it since I had my staples removed, I am waiting for an appointment to see the tissue viability nurse to see if they can do anything to aid the healing process.

  • veronica replied to the topic April Operation 3 in the forum April 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    Vajazzle I think the sleeplessness is down to stress and not doing anything, I spend most of my time sitting or lying down. Someone advised me that herbal tea and listening to audio books or something like radio 4 can help you get to sleep. To be honest doing nothing for nearly 3 weeks is extremely monotonous my tv, laptop, kindle etc are…[Read more]

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