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Time off work after ectopic

Postby Mariaf » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:43 pm

Hello

I’ve been scanning these boards last few weeks after my ectopic end of dec 19 which resulted in methotrexate. I’m now 3 weeks off work and it’s only starting to hit me now what’s actually happened, luckily I didn’t have surgery but I’m still in a state of shock and starting to realise what’s actually happened to me . What I’m trying to ask is what’s a normal length of time to be off work I work in education with young children so a busy job and just not sure I’m emotionally ready or am I just being too sensitive ?
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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby Sarahh1234 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:23 pm

I had 2 weeks off work I had my injection on the 4th off december took me atleast 3 weeks to feel more human though have a physical job too still have emotional moments but been at 7 weeks for me now x
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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby Erin_ » Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:57 pm

I’ve been off work just over 8 weeks. I had surgery about 7 weeks ago after failed methotrexate. I tried going back to work 3 weeks ago but couldn’t manage it emotionally. I work with young children and families so like you. I’m due back next week and feeling more ready. I think it’s completely different for everyone though, just don’t rush yourself if you don’t feel like you can manage it, what we’ve all gone through is so emotionally draining xx
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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby EPT Host 20 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:35 pm

Dear Mariaf,
I'm so sorry to hear of your ectopic pregnancy and loss,
There is no set time frame for returning to work after methotrexate injection, I would advise to look at going back when you feel ready. I'm not sure if this applies to your job in education but a few options or retuning may be available depending on your role: might there be an opportunity to work reduced hours, increasing them slowly over a few weeks? Perhaps there are certain tasks that you could take on which may entail a change from your usual role or a series of reduced tasks initially? I am not sure whether this is appropriate in your circumstances, but is there anything that you could action from home (which may be different from your usual role but still be of use)?

It is also worth bearing in mind that experiencing ectopic pregnancy is a very frightening experience and many women need to take time to help them deal with the psychological/emotional impact of the loss of their baby, being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition and undergoing treatment. Please speak to your GP about having further time off work if required.

Sending much love,
Karen x

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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby Jo37 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:38 pm

I had my ruptured eptopic 3rd Sept 19, I had keyhole and open surgery, lost 6 pints of blood.i was signed off for 6 weeks went back to work lasted 3 weeks and have been off since hoping to go back in Feb.

I still struggle physically and emotionally and have just started therapy

Thinking of you here to chat

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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby Mariaf » Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:01 pm

Hello Jo

I have sent you an email via the site x
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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby Jo37 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:12 pm

Received and replayed :)
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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby Lia » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:07 am

I’ve been off 6 and half weeks, the doctors signed me off for 12 weeks. I feel physically ok now and feel I should go back to work soon. Only problem for me is I work in maternity so just don’t know how I will feel when I go back x
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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby Abilouise » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:21 pm

Hello

I have just had to have surgery to remove my left tube with an eptopic pregnancy
I have been signed off for 2 weeks but I’m just not sure how to handle things or how to feel I’m so lost in how fast everything has happend , is 2 weeks long enough ?
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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby EPT Host 20 » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:37 pm

Dear Abilouise,
I am so sorry to hear of your ectopic pregnancy and loss,
Experiencing an ectopic pregnancy is a huge ordeal and you are in the early stages of recovery. Your body needs time to heal from your surgery which is in itself a gruelling task. You have also had to process the loss of your baby and been through an immense rollercoaster of emotions - all of this will take time to come to terms with.

You should take it very easily for about six weeks after surgery. Your body will be using its energies to heal internally. It is normal to feel physically and emotionally exhausted during this time and please do be kind to yourself. Recovery can take time and some days will be better than others, one day you maybe ok and the next you maybe in discomfort or more emotional. This is perfectly usual and the healing process will go back and forth in this way for however long you need. It is important to listen to your body's signals and pain and feeling tired are your body's signs to tell you to rest. We suggest keeping a healthy balanced diet, drinking lots of water and resting. Once your wounds have healed, very gentle exercise such as a short walk can help, but please do take this slowly.

Surgery is an immense ordeal for the body to go through. In general, after about six weeks you should be able to return to most jobs from a physical point of view. However, if your role involves manual handling, we suggest that it would be sensible to have a phased approach, gently building up to the usual extent of activity. I would suggest avoiding a rapid return to strenuous activities as it is important to build up strength after recovery.

Sending much love,
Karen x

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Re: Time off work after ectopic

Postby Smay88 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:54 pm

Hi,
I had an ectopic in November resulting in the removal of my right tube. I also work in education as a teacher. I went back after 3 weeks but could have taken longer off.

The reason I went back is because my ectopic happened on the week before starting a new post. Had I been at my previous post on returning I might have stayed off longer. I went back the week before Christmas & then had the two week break.

I actually found once I was back to work, although tiring, it helped to take my mind off things.
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