Going back to work?

sopranoduck
on 5/26/21 12:19 pm
RNY on 05/17/21

When did y'all go back to work after your RNY surgery? I'm part time and thankfully love my job - it's been a little over a week since surgery and I tried to go back for just 2 hrs today and made it 1.5 hrs. I'm beating myself up. I just want to feel better again. I am seeing progress - my abdominal muscles aren't as painful, and I'm up more. But I still feel woozy, and getting all of my liquids in is impossible but I am trying so hard. Can y'all give me your experiences? I feel so alone - I know I'm not, but it just feels that way. Thank you in advance :)

Greateight
on 5/26/21 12:41 pm
RNY on 08/29/18

I think that I started working from home after two weeks, and working in person in about two and a half weeks. Don't be hard on yourself, you just had a major surgery. All of these early recovery and eating stages seem slow as they happen, but will pass quickly. Prioritize your liquids so that you don't get dehydrated.

Jim Age 55 Height 6 Feet Consult Weight 344 SW 289 Pre-Surgery -55, M1 -25, M2 -16, M3 -21, M4 -10, M5 -5, M6 -1, M7 -4, M8 0, M9 +4, M10 -4

White Dove
on 5/26/21 1:28 pm

I had surgery on a Tuesday and went back to a desk job the following Monday. I was tired for a few weeks. Normal for a desk job is about two weeks off, but some people take off a lot longer.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends

sopranoduck
on 5/26/21 1:46 pm
RNY on 05/17/21

Thank you :) I work only 5-6hr days 4 days a week but I'm on my feet a lot. I have to walk a lot and carry animals and move around. It was a tiring job when I felt good.

sweetpotato1959
on 5/31/21 6:52 pm, edited 5/31/21 11:52 am

It sounds like you need to take it easy and get your liquids in .. even if you need to count some of liquid protein... to get all in... Protein and fluids in prescribed amounts are vital at this stage of healing. Your strength will come up as you get your nutritional needs met for several days running.. Don't pu**** take care of yourself.

I could not get off the couch and walk across the room at 2 weeks without holding to something... i was totally off work for 12 weeks. and had a 5 lb wt restriction for 3 months.( mine was an open surgery cut from breastbone to pubic).then it was 20 for 3 more months.

Denise
sopranoduck
on 5/31/21 7:31 pm
RNY on 05/17/21

Wow!!!! I'm sure an open surgery is much harder to recover from. I was having a hard time getting all of my liquids in due to nausea. Now I am getting in my protein and water. I still tire easily but today was the first day I didn't need a nap :)

KalesD
on 5/27/21 2:34 am
RNY on 09/30/20

I took 6 weeks off, and wish I had taken 7. At 5 weeks post op I was still napping for a few hours in the afternoon.. I was so worried about being ultra tired at work. I also work part time .. 8 hour shifts 2-5 days a week depending on their leisure.. I wasn't allowed to lift more then 20lbs for approx 6 weeks either (and I wear 20lbs of lead at work everyday) so keep any lifting restrictions in mind as well..

Surgery 09/30/20

CW: 149.8 |SW: 221.6 |HW: 255

Learning my new normal, one day at a time.

catwoman7
on 5/27/21 3:19 am
RNY on 06/03/15

I took three weeks off but probably could have gone back after two - although I had a desk job. I still got pretty tired in the afternoons for about six weeks, though.

it can take awhile to get all the liquids in every day - just keep at it.

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