28-04-2018 11:40 AM - edited 28-04-2018 11:41 AM
Moomoo I have replied to your post on the December thread. Get your holiday booked you will be fine. It will do you the world of good.
27-04-2018 08:55 PM
27-04-2018 05:05 PM
Oh that is fantastic news re work. Isnt it funny like with everything on this journey, we imagine something is going to be a lot worse than it is, there you were really worried about going into work and everyone was so lovely, that will really help for when you do go back to work. Very good idea about the phased return and the hours, but remember that they have said it can be changed if necessary so do not be a martyr my dear.
Perhaps OH will be in touch now so that they can ensure everything is in place ready for your return and will make recommendations as well.
Have a wonderful weekend which I am sure will be much more relaxing now you have today over with.
27-04-2018 04:17 PM
Thanks for your reply. I have been to see my GP and have got another sick note for two weeks. I feel much better and have actually been in to work this morning to hand in my sick note. I had been really dreading going in and seeing everybody but it was actually lovely to see all my friends and they were all very supportive.
I am going back to work Monday 14th May and my HR manager has sorted my shifts out so that I am only doing 4 days of 10am to 2pm for two weeks which I can change further if its too much and then they will see how I am after that. She was really good and said that they will support me in whatever is best for me. Apparently Occupational health have not been in touch as they didn't want to put any pressure on me so I do understand that.
Have a lovely weekend.
27-04-2018 04:09 PM
Thanks for your advice, I know that I need to look after myself and stop worrying about work. I am not even sure why I feel guilty for having so long off as I am on SSP at the moment so its not even as if they are paying me.
Have a lovely weekend.
27-04-2018 04:06 PM
Thanks for your reply. I am sorry to hear about your partner and I fully understand that you need to be well yourself.
I love this forum, it is nice to know that there is always somebody that can give you good advice.
Take care and have a lovely weekend.
27-04-2018 11:33 AM
Oh that is good news that they are being supportive of you.
You need to take as much time as you need because as you say you dont want to go back to find out you are not ready yet, a phased return to work is good. Might be worth asking ithe question f there is any sort of OH support that the company buy into or can provide
As Alibobs says, this is about you and your recovery from your treatment, you need to put you first, work will just have to wait, but it does sound like they are going to everything they can to help you get back to work when you are ready.
Sending you hugs
25-04-2018 06:41 PM
25-04-2018 04:16 PM
these things are sent to try us! Perhaps they can bring the food with them.
I’ve had a good day. Made a decision about further treatment.
This morning I had a helpful letter from the endocrinologist I saw a couple of weeks ago confirming our conversation. It seems that Letrosol is out because there is a history of osteoporosis in my family. So Tamoxifen is on the cards but taking either will only benefit me by 1-2%. So it seems to me that it’s probably better not to take anything. I got away with the rads very lightly, unlike you, and didn’t even feel tired. I need to look after my partner who has stage 4 bowel cancer and is on palliative treatment. I can’t do that if I’m struggling with side effects.
Luckily my cancer was caught early thanks to the screening programme and I’m very grateful for all the speedy treatment, even though I can’t say I’ve enjoyed it and it was hard to believe it was happening to both of us. At least I knew the staff already!
Its been really helpful being being able to chat with people on here while going through rads.
all the best to you all and to Helena for holding things together.
25-04-2018 04:04 PM
You're so right about the sun making us feel better.
I phoned my manager this morning and he was fine with me just contacting him again once I have seen my GP who has already said that a phased return to work will be needed. I had an op on my foot a few years ago and was off for nearly 4 months and the Occupational Health kept in touch to see how I was recovering and they looked after my phased return to work but this time it sounds like we don't have their input at all now for some strange reason. My manager knows that I will be having the phased return and has just said I will need to go into work to see him and HR manager once my GP has signed me off to sort out my hours etc.
I might actually ask my GP for another sick note for a week or two as I really don't think I am fully ready to return just yet and the last thing I want is to go back to work and then go off on the sick again. I just feel a bit guilty that I have been off so long as I have been off since end of November.
Thanks for your reply and glad to hear that your mammogram results were good.
25-04-2018 03:42 PM
Good to hear that you had a lovely holiday, the sun really does make us feel better. Keep in mind mate that you have only recently finished rads and it is going to take a bit of time to get over that before you can start to build up your strength.
With regard to your sick note I am sure that you will be covered as it is not your fault that you can not be seen until Thursday at the earliest, at the end of the day the doctor will not renew a sick note until the expiry of the last one, I think they can back date it to cover the couple of days in between but not until they see you, and you are not allowed to go back to work until they have signed you off anyway, so just tell your manager that.
Are they putting a phased return to work for you and have they done an occupationa health referral so that they can ensure they are looking after your health and wellbeing for now and when you return
25-04-2018 03:33 PM
It certainly is a bit of a rollercoaster! I got myself all ready to go out to do some shopping as all the family are coming around for dinner tonight for a late birthday celebration and my car has died!!! Oh dear these things are sent to try us!
Hope your day has been a bit better than mine Liz.
24-04-2018 02:29 PM
24-04-2018 01:46 PM
Hubby and I had a wonderful time in Lanzarote, the weather was lovely and it was so peaceful at the villa but only 5 minutes drive to the resort centre, definitely what the doctor ordered but now back to earth with a bump.
Before we went away, apart from the problems with soreness and split skin after the rads, I was thinking that when we got back I would be ready to go back to work but I am now having doubts about that. It all feels a bit daunting and I am not so sure I am ready now. The problem is my sick note runs out tomorrow and I can't get an appointment with my GP. I have to ring up at 8am Thursday to see if there is an appointment available for that day so I guess I will have to ring my manager at work but even that is a big deal and I have to psyche myself up before I do it! I feel like an emotional wreck to be honest and everybody thinks I am ok which makes everything worse. I used to think I was quite a confident person but every ounce of confidence has been knocked out of me, how ridiculous am I having to pluck up courage to go out of the house to the corner shop? I need to give my head a wobble I think, sorry for moaning again but it does help a little.
14-04-2018 06:37 PM
remember even a little bit of sunshine this time of the year can be very strong and burn without us knowing. I spent 15 minutes in the garden today and my face is glowing!!
We are forcast some good weather mid week here in Birmingham woo hoo xx