I had surgery in March and have been off work for nearly 5 months. I look fine, like I'm back to normal but I still don't feel like the old 'me'.
I'm having problems with exhaustion. If I go out for only a few hours, I'm drained of all energy for the rest of the day. My concentration isn't good and short-term memory, dreadful. I have to write everything down. The worst things are anxiety (when I'm surrounded by people) and noise. I can't even listen to music because I can't stand it.
I'm due to return to work next month, but I'm dreading it. I work in retail, where the radio is constantly on, and I'll be surrounded by crying babies and noisy children.
The problem is, I have to return for financial reasons. I've been on stat sick pay which is nowhere near enough to live on as I have a lot of outgoings.
I'm due to see a counsellor, who will hopefully help, but there is a 2/3 month waiting list.
My GP advises me to only go back to work for a couple of hours a week to begin with, but I was working full-time before and will not be able to manage on less money.
I'm interested to know what others do when faced with this situation. I'm sure I'm not the only one!