When will I know when I can return to work?

I have been out of work since 12/23. My AVM bled on 12/24/11 and I had a craniotomy to remove most of AVM on 3/23/12. It has been only 3 weeks since surgery and I know I am not ready to go back yet. I cannot make it through the day without several naps, I am pretty nauseated and have headaches. I need to work to contribute to our household income. I have used all my sick leave but luckily get paid 60% with short term disability. I am a social worker and work mostly at my desk. I don't want to rush back but we do need my income soon. I know I won't be 100% when I go back but are there ways to tell. I'm thinking I may go back part time for a little while but cannot do that for too long only getting 50%. I wonder if in a couple weeks I will be able to be up and around most of the day. I notice I have more trouble on the weekends because my husband and son are around. Love them but my brain seems not to be able to handle most noise, interaction etc. I have to take breaks. Thanks for any advice on deciding when to go back.

It is so hard to say when you will be able to go back to work. It really depends on your recovery. It would be a good idea to start part time and see how it goes. However, I would first talk to your neurosurgen and ask his advise. Stay Strong and Stay Postive!

thanks- I know it really depends but definitely talking with neurosurgeon and starting part time are great ideas.

Thank you!!

Are there any other cuts that can be made financially? Like changing from Direct TV to cable…that sort of thing? I am a big believer in coupons! Might be something on this site that could help you
BTW…everyone is TIRED after a craniotomy. I hope you feel better soon!

Thx Barbara-Good ideas to help it stretch

Hi Pat,

When you decide to go back, whether part time or full time, think about talking to HR or your boss about accommodations you might need...spreading your work hours out around extra breaks, a desk in a lower-traffic area, access to a private room (like a lactation room or unused conference room) for breaks, etc. Is your workplace covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act?


Yes, I work for the county-definitely covered under ADA. Good idea about looking at accomodations. Thanks! I found out this am that short term disability covers part time for awhile. I seem to be OK for 4 hrs. or so and then need rest. Part time may be a big help. I also thought about taking breaks.