So I pulled the trigger and scheduled my bilateral surgery in NC for March 27 and I have a few questions. We’re flying there the day before the Monday surgery and then I booked us refundable tickets back that Thursday. I’m hoping that’s enough time but not too much time, I recover better at home. Also I have a very mentally challenging and high pressure job (it’s so hard right now!) My job is a 40-mile commute. I’ve marked out my FMLA for 3 weeks, is that reasonable? I know we all heal differently, but I wasn’t sure what was going to be okay. I can extend if needed and I think my job will be flexible enough to let me remote for a week or two after if needed.
My styloids aren’t that long they’re just poorly positioned with my IJV and C1.
Any guidance from your experiences would be helpful!
Pleased for you that you have a date for surgery!
Obviously bilateral is a harder recovery than just having one side removed- I think our members who’ve had this surgery with Dr Hackman have had facial numbness after surgery and sometimes paralysis which usually resolves fairly quickly- hopefully they’ll give you more info, especially about travelling.
I think 3 weeks for recovery sounds good with flexibility to extend & work from home. Talking can sometimes be a challenge afterwards too & trigger flare-ups if you do too much, does your job involve alot of that?
Have you read up about what to expect & ideas of things that would be useful post-surgery?
Here’s a link to a surgery shopping list one of our members has complied: Surgery shopping list - General - Living with Eagle
I do need to think hard about overdoing it when I get back to work. In addition to my 40-mile commute (one way) I manage two departments of about 70 people total and I’m in meetings, talking, and stressed for about 10 hours each day.
While the outside will look healed I know inside will take more time and it’ll force me to take it easier.
I do have the list and have purchased a number of things. I have a nice recliner and some wedges, ice packs and more! I am a little worried about the hotel situation and whether I’ll be comfortable. I really want to come back Wednesday instead but I worry it might be too soon? Too many questions and my brain is tired