I had to take annual leave as my workplace wouldn’t accept sick leave because it’s not a medical emergency surgery it’s considered an elective surgery. I returned to work after 2 weeks on “light duties” which in my job doesn’t exist being a childcare teacher but all the other girls helped me out with everything I wasn’t allowed to do.
I work in childcare too. Best thing I did was tell my boss because even going back after two weeks I couldn’t do hardly anything, I wasn’t allowed to lift more than 3-5kg for 6 weeks p/o so that limited me big time. Couldn’t lift children off parents and even had to say to the parents sorry I’ve had a medical procedure and I’m unable to lift I’ll get another educator to help you. I couldn’t set up yards, beds or any of that stuff it was also a struggle for me to do the cleaning because I couldn’t lift mop buckets and the side to side movement of mopping was punish and vacuum too, it really hurt to vacuum you don’t realise how much your pectoral muscles engage with every day to day activity. they are still really tender after 2 weeks. I couldn’t really reach my arms up at all either so i had to get colleagues to reach up on high shelves and cupboards to get things down for me. Also getting up and down off the ground was hard, when patting kids at rest time because your not allowed to use your arms to push yourself up while the implant is settling into the capsule.
The people I work with made it so much easier because they new what I had been through, helped me out up until the 6 week mark. Plus I felt comfortable because I work with all females and we all get along well. But it just made it easier when I told my boss that I have decided to take on elective surgery and will need two weeks time off to recover and then they had to approve it because I was booked in for a surgery.