Sandi K Posted August 23, 2011 Share Posted August 23, 2011 Prior to my head explosion (PM-NASAH Nov 10 2010) I worked full-time and carried a blackberry with me almost always. When my head exploded I tried returning to work a couple of weeks later by working from home. It was quiet and I could focus and stop when I was tired. I soon realized I didn't stop though and was actually putting in long hours and draining my brain. I took a break over Christmas and began to return to work the week after. One day in the office, the next day working from home. I was putting in too many hours and my brain was short circuiting. My symptoms became worse. Things like double vision, dizziness, sinus pain, headaches, falling down, dropping things, trouble concentrating and following conversations, trouble calculating, mistakes while driving and so on. The worse it got the more emotional I became. I was using all my energy to ignore my symptoms and hide them from everyone. I would cry over everything and often. Finally our Occupational Health department sent me home. One woman who was working there but has since moved on became my savior. She spent hours and hours on the phone with me trying to make see what was really happening. I went home and spent more time on BTG and learned that my brain was screaming at me to rest. 4 months later I wanted to try again but only under the guidance of my GP. I started with 2 hour shifts (including a 1 hour commute each way) on Tues and Thurs. It was ok. The symptoms came back but not as bad as before. When they eased up we moved to 4 hours. I did that for 1 month. I found that some shifts were 'easy' while others knocked everything out of me. I don't do all of my duties and I'm not dealing with anything stressful. As per the neurologist I set out a list of tasks and I perform them. I get a sense of accomplishment which builds my confidence fir the next shift. This week I've started three shifts of 4 hours. Mon, Weds, and Fri. I'm worried that the in-between days will have me laying flat. Hoping to build my stamina and that it won't take a whole month before we can add again. One the suggestions I've had from a psychologist is to walk outside every hour. I find this helpful. It helps to ease my brain, to decompress, to formulate my thoughts, and makes my short shift more productive. Looking for others thoughts and ideas on how they made their returns to work successful. My biggest problem is fatigue. Trying to stretch out my energy. Sandi K. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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