If you want to return to work after your operation, here’s a guide to help you make the transition.
Talk about it
Discuss you’re the roles and activities of your job with your doctor. Your job may be very active, or may not be.
You should also talk to your employer as soon as possible. Usually you can work out a plan together to suit your needs. You might be able to work part time for a period, for instance. Building up your hours over time can help you readjust to working life.
Some people spend a few weeks to try their work routine at home first. This can include waking up at the right time, getting dressed in work clothes, pack their equipment and prepare themselves as if you were going to work.
If you wear a uniform, try it on and perhaps order a new one if needed. Men should consider their trousers and belt placements. Make sure everything fits you and keeps your stoma and pouch comfortable too.
Structure Your Day
Back at work, you might be more restricted when you can eat or drink. Consider how your day is planned out so you can work out a system to eat and drink, change/empty pouch if needed and avoid passing gas.
Check where you can change/empty your pouch. Can you keep a small bag in there? Or take one discreetly? Is it kept in a good clean condition?
Who Should I Tell?
This is completely up to you. It’s a good idea to let at least one person you trust know – just in case there are any issues or problems, or you want to discuss it with them. You don’t have to tell everyone, the choice is yours.
Take your time. You’ll likely feel tired and overwhelmed at first. Not everyone can return to work, so if you do it is a great achievement. Take things at your own pace and don’t feel pressured to do anything you are not capable of.
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