Preparing for Return to Work with Medical Accommodations

Mar 28, 2023 8:45 pm

Well, like I knew, my return to work is approaching. I'll be returning to work on April 10th. I'm nervous as heck because my job requires me to be on my feet all day. At least my doctor gave a letter that allows me to have longer than usual break and lunch time, just in case something happens and I need to take care of the issue, and frequent restroom breaks as well. I'll keep you all posted on how it goes for me, and if anyone has any advice for me, please feel free to share.

Mar 28, 2023 8:49 pm

Good luck. It's only a big deal if you make it one.

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Mar 28, 2023 8:52 pm
Reply to AlexT

It's like my friend says it's all in the head

Mar 28, 2023 8:58 pm
Reply to Ostomy4life_22

A lot of it is. Make sure you have extra supplies nearby just in case. Otherwise, do what you do.

Mar 28, 2023 9:46 pm

You won't need it, but good luck! As long as you are prepared, you will be fine.


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Mar 28, 2023 10:07 pm

Hi Ostomy4life

It's great that your job is there for you, and that your medical team is in approval of you returning to work. It sounds like your job is important to you, and that you are motivated for the challenge of a return, but somewhat nervous about it - keep the motivation up!


Mar 28, 2023 10:23 pm

Hi Ost,

Says in your profile that you have a colostomy. Folks on here do things like irrigation and use different foods to control their output that some with ileostomies can't. So I can't give you any tips on that. But if you can predict when you'll need to empty your bag, your days at work will be stress-free. So if you haven't already... ask the colostomates on here for some tips on controlling their output. Once you get control of your output... being on your feet all day will be a breeze and you won't think much about it.


Mar 28, 2023 10:30 pm

You've got this. Don't let a pouch control who you are.

Mar 28, 2023 11:22 pm

I'm new to this but I have a friend of mine that's just now been over a year with this colostomy and now they've reattached him but he worked on a forklift in a warehouse and what he said he did was add some extra tape for protection so that depending on what you do for work, he always wanted to protect himself from getting caught on the edge of an obstacle. You might even want to consider maybe a hernia belt for protection. That's the only advice I can give you.

Mar 29, 2023 6:27 am

Like Bob says, irrigation is the way to go if you can. It holds the potential for freeing you up all day long from anything to do with stomas, which means you can continue working or doing anything you like with your time without having to worry.

Best wishes


ron in mich
Mar 29, 2023 1:32 pm

Hi all, when I got my ileostomy 30 some years ago, I was working for a retailer in shipping and receiving, a physically demanding job. So, my PCP wrote a note for me to work half days for a month with limited lifting. But I was anxious to get back to work and get out of the house, and it also took my mind off of having an ostomy.

Mar 29, 2023 7:27 pm

I too go back on the 10th!! I am lucky enough to be working for a great company with a lot of great people who have helped me and everyone else who have gone through something there. I believe you will do great and feel supported at work!!! You got this!! We got this!!