I had a radical hysterectomy 14 weeks ago and have had a really slow recovery. It's only in the last 2-3 weeks that I've been able to start swimming, driving short distances and walking/standing upright without groin pain. If I do have a walk or a swim I'm then wiped out for a whole day afterwards.
My fit note expires at the end of this week and I'll see my GP on Wednesday. I'm really not sure what to do about going back to work. How 'fit' and able should I be? I realise I am a long, long way off 'normal' and won't be going back to work bouncing with energy but how do I know if I am ready?
I've gotten so used to struggling through everything now that I don't know if I should struggle through work in the hope I feel better eventually, or if I should push for more time off to get some strength back?
I went away last week for 2 nights and have ended up pretty down since. I'd built this break up so much as being A Big Thing but I've come back feeling so tired and frustrated. I didn't even do much whilst I was away!
If anyone has any advice on how they felt when going back to work, physically, and if it helped/hindered them I'd be really greatful.
My employers have been great. but they keep referring to the last 4 weeks I've had off as 'extra' time, as they agreed to pay me for 8 weeks to begin with. I know it's not up to them to deem how long I need but I already worry they will work out a way to get rid of me if I take any more time :(