8 weeks post op and I went back to work last Thursday. I started out slow, a 6 hour day on Thursday and a full day on Friday, then 3 days off. Thursday night I was tired and achey but I was surprised that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! I had a horrible time waking up and getting ready on Friday, and was dizzy and nauseated most of the morning. By lunch time I thought I was going to collapse so I went and sat in my car and tried to regroup before our notoriously crazy Friday afternoons.
It was as busy as I remembered it being a few months ago and I struggled to keep up. We finally finished and I had planned to meet my dad for dinner. After driving home, I got into bed and just collapsed. My whole body hurt, I was exhausted, and I slept for 13 hours straight.
Yesterday I spent most of the day in bed. I was still exhausted and in a lot of pain. Today was a little bit better. I slept most of the morning/early afternoon then managed to get up and get dressed and go see my mom for a little while. I have tomorrow off too, before attempting a 4 day week.
If this is how my body reacted to a day and a half of work, I'm nervous about what this week will bring. I guess I just need to be a little bit more careful - it's hard to start off slow, it's always so busy and I feel guilty sitting, like I should be doing something, but this week I think I will have to set limits for myself and take breaks so I don't end up in this situation again next weekend, or worse.
I knew it would be hard, I told everyone else how hard it would be, but I've had a hard time accepting that it's going to take time to get to the place I want to be. I can't just go back to normal overnight after having this disease destroy by body for 10 years.
Overall, things are better. Different, but better. Hopefully they will just keep getting better :)