Hi all. I went back to my neurosurgeon to discuss the neuroloigists findings of CSM, my lumbar stenosis and vertrebral slippage and returning to work. He was surprised that I wanted to return and gave me a release to work slip that said: no lifting, carrying, twisting, bending, pulling or pushing, no standing longer than 30 minutes at a time. I may return to work two days a week and increase as tolerated.
Then, because the pain in my lower back has prevented me from progressing with physical therapy he wanted to discuss surgery. I have already had three nerve blocks and cannot get another for a year. I opted instead to see a pain managment doctor first. I think if I can get the pain under control without being zoned out on meds than I can do more in PT and try to prevent surgery.
Okay, I went back to work on Monday expecting to slowly get acclimated back to my old job, take Tuesday off then go back on Wednesday. Didn't happen that way. Turns out that they had to have patient chart audits done in different areas and fax the results to our corporate office by close of business yesterday. So I spent Monday in meetings to discuss the best approach and went back in yesterday to work on audits to help meet the deadline. The good news is that I'm now off until next Monday. I'm not supposed to be doing two days in a row until February but I would have felt really guilty if I blew them off. Good news is that my sister-in-law is doing dinner tomorrow.