Back to Work

Well I did it. I made it through my first day back at work. In fact I made it through nine hours back at work.

Yesterday, day five of chemo week, I had more energy and was feeling pretty good other than cold sensitivity.

I tried to go to bed early so I could make sure to get to work in time for the Monday morning meeting. Of course, I had difficulty sleeping. I ended up getting up before my alarm and took my time getting ready. I was feeling ok until I pulled into the parking lot. Then nerves hit big time and the tears started welling up. I did manage to keep them at bay until walking into the office. They had signs all over my work station welcoming me back. I saw them and lost it. Walking down for coffee with one of my wonderful co-workers I was worried I’d scare the students as I was walking down the hall crying. 🙂

The day went pretty fast and judging from the virtual pile of work I guess they DO need me. It took me a bit to get back into the swing of things but I think I will be feeling more confident by the end of the week. It will be a bit of a juggling act to cover my hours during my chemo weeks. I am only 30 hours a week but half of every other week I don’t know how many hours I’ll be able to get in. I’m hoping I can get in some extra hours on my off weeks to hold over and cover the on weeks. I’m working on some plans with my boss.

I had a long informative meeting with hour HR benefits manager. She gave me several options for now and the future and I have this week to decide just what direction I want to go. One of the options involved not actually coming back to work until the middle of October to get my 90 continuous 90 days in for future use of long term disability. This is not an option I think is viable. I am going a bit crazy being off and I know my team is short staffed even when I am at work. Unfortunately if down the road I need to take time off again I will have to start my 90 days all over again, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

I will say everyone at work is being very helpful and caring. I love my job.

~~ Gayla



One response to this post.

  1. I’m so glad you have supportive co-workers 🙂

    I’m on disability (non-cancer related- the leukemia was just a ‘bonus’…). Just a FWIW- Do whatever will make it easier to get on LTD in case you need it in the future. Stuff happens, and while it probably won’t, you don’t want to go 3 months without pay. Trust me, been there, done that. I never thought I’d need LTD, but always got it in case I got hit by a truck. Being a nurse, I saw lots of people have their lives turned upside down, and wanted to be covered. Well, the truck was inside of me, and I would be in a bad way if I had to give up the extra cushion it gives on top of Social Security.

    ANYWAY (rambling tonight), think about doing what it takes to not have to start the 90 days over again… 🙂


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