Sunday, April 3, 2016

Progress.

Last Thursday, I had the office visit that I was waiting months for. It was the office visit that was going to determine whether my body was heading in the right direction and that I will be able to physically work. I wanted to be at that point where the doctor felt certain that he could say that I was fit to return to work. Mind you, I do not do a manual job, I do a desk job. But that was the problem because sitting causes me pain and still does if done for long periods of time.

I didn't realize how nervous I was until I realized I was not breathing. And when the doctor said that he was impressed with how well I was healing and that even my scar looked good, I let out a deep breath. He said he was comfortable releasing me to return to work but that the first week to only work 4 hour days and then the following week I could increase as tolerated. This was the last visit I would need with him as long as I took heed to his instructions and it felt good not to have to make a follow up appointment.

He told me to still be careful and to take it easy. He said I could go back to the gym but to start out slow with just walking on the treadmill (which I did the following day and was able to manage 20 minutes!) and lifted my 8 lb restriction and said that I could lift more if necessary. He made me laugh when he said that I could have sex but no crazy sex (sorry TMI).

And when I left his office for the last time I gave him the biggest hug because he was exactly the doctor I needed. God gave me the doctor that I would need during the most physically trying time in my life. God is good like that. Always giving you things that you sometimes don't even know you need. I'm embarrassed to admit that in all my years I did not realize how a doctor should be. I mean, I knew but very often it was not given so it became the norm. Your doctor should not be rushed when he/she sees you, your doctor should give you all of their attention, your doctor should be compassionate even if he/she has become jaded, your doctor should simply care. And for the first time in my life I know what I need from a medical professional and won't settle for less.

I return to work tomorrow and I know there will be a lot of questions which is understandable as I've been out for three months. There may be some questions I might not even be ready to answer which may or may not result in tears but now I know what a big deal it is to be physically fit to work. And as I told my friends on Instagram (midnyteblue13) if I ever complain about going to work on a Monday morning, I give you permission to punch me square in the face!

12 comments:

Nylse Esahc said...

YEAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

I'm so happy for you. Don't forget to listen to your body!

Laura Darling said...

I'm so glad you get to go back to work!! I will admit that sometimes I complain about work but your story makes me never want to complain again! I should feel so grateful to be healthy enough to work! I hope all goes well and you slip right back into your routine! That's so sweet about your doctor. They can really make all the difference in the world.

Desiree Macke said...

Yay!!
I hope today is a great day back to work for you!
And so wonderful that you have a doctor that is so awesome.

Law_Fal said...

Yay for healing! Take it easy today madam! So glad things can get back to normal for you!!!!!

Carolyn said...

YAY!! :) So many yays for this post! Yay for being able to go back to work! Yay for healing! Yay for working out! Yay for sex! :P Yay for great doctors!!! Yay! I'm so happy for you! :)

Joy B. E. said...

I was so happy to read about your positive progress. Keep smiling. God is taking care of everything for you!

Joy B. E. said...

I was so happy to read about your positive progress. Keep smiling. God is taking care of everything for you!

Montaya said...

So glad that you a feeling better. Thinking a praying for you on your first day back to work :)

Cece said...

Yeah, there is a big difference between not being able to work and not wanting to work. Sometimes it takes something serious to remind us how darn lucky we are to be able to do it. Hope you have a great first week back.

Sharon Staggers-Moss said...

Just three words: GOD IS GOOD!

Nancy said...

I'm so happy you were able to get back to work! I know they missed you!

Nancy said...

I so wish we lived close and I could at least do reflexology on you to relax your body while healing! XOXO
You are such a strong woman!