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I’m afraid I can’t handle what is to come. I’ve had flat feet since I can remember. Although these are considered ‘adult onset’ they really started when I began to walk. My left is much worse than the right. When I finally saw a surgeon about my problems, I just thought I would have the bunion worked on; hence only planned on time off for a bunionectomy. However, the consultation shed new light on my actual problem – flat feet that would not respond to conventional methods. I’m having the left worked on in March.
I know that my surgeon would recommend 6 weeks off of work for the current procedure, since I usually have an “on the feet” type of job. So, I'm not seeking a usual FMLA form, since I really don’t want to take that much time off. When I just thought I would have a bunion surgery, I took only a week off, and restricted my usual schedule so that I wouldn’t be on my feet as much. Now, however, things have changed. But, I’m reluctant to change my work requirements.

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Currently, I’m off for the first week after surgery. After this, my work should be cut down. However, I have several reservations. First, will this really be followed? I have asked that no new work be added, and that all routine work be given to others. Even with this, I’m worried that I will be overloaded in the first critical few weeks after my surgery.

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Alhough I really want to have this surgery done, since it offers relief from problems that continue to worsen, I'm not sure that my recovery will go smoothly. I want to do what is best for me, but am afraid that this will put an undue strain on my business.

I know that the first two weeks, which is spent in a splint, is the most important. This is when the swelling of surgery resolves. If the swelling is not down in this time, a cast cannot be placed. Also, if healing doesn’t start in this time frame, the fusion, with or without bone grafts, may take a lot longer to occur. This can lengthen my total recovery time.

On the other hand, I am part of a system. How can I balance its needs with my own?





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