Last Wednesday (8/7) was 4 weeks since surgery. Last Monday (8/5), my supervisor called asking when I thought I'd be back. I had to take a pause. My doctor's note indicates 6-8 weeks with an additional 2 weeks of part time before I transition back to full time.
I told him that I honestly didn't know. There are hours where I think, hey I could do that computer stuff and work. And there are several days like this previous weekend, when I'm not sleeping and in pain and trying to sleep every few hours. I have no idea where I'll be in 4 weeks. I may need some additional time or additional part time to be able to return.
On Friday Pete and I went to my Grandma's house, a place of comfort and caring, so he could help her with a new computer. In the 4 hours that we were there, I fell asleep twice for about 30 minutes each. When we got home at 3pm, I fell asleep almost instantly and slept hard for 3 hours. Clearly, I'm currently in no shape for lengthy trips out of the house.
The fallout of course, is that my need for sleep to recover is really screwing with my insomnia that I normally suffer with. So I slept on Friday afternoon because my body obviously needed it. In return I slept 11 hours over the weekend with no naps. My insomnia flared and I ended up having to take Ambien last night to get a full night's sleep.
So I need to rethink this plan of mine for recovery. I need to start shooting for balancing my recovery needs with my usual needs and strive for "normal" again. I'm finding it's not so easy.