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#1 July 7, 2014 10:16:17

Kimberly
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Wow, hoping that you can find a work environment that is less toxic.

Wishing you all the best with the surgery!


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#2 July 8, 2014 06:51:04

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Gosh, that truly is awful. My colleagues within my department at the college were great, but everyone else was terrible. We all found to be what we described as “toxic” as well. Half of us have since left and the other half is currently looking for new jobs - so I hear you.

Glad you're going through HR and upper management, as your boss could find herself in legal trouble if she give you a hard time. I'm guessing HR told you that all communication should be through email so that there is a paper trail, proof of you letting your boss know, her response, etc.

Good luck! The 24th will be here before you know it. You'll feel more confident and thus be better prepared for job interviews when you look like your old self again!

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#3 July 25, 2014 15:10:11

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Thank you, Gatorygirly and Kimberly!

Yes, I had my eyelid retraction correction surgery done yesterday.
It wasn't a big surgery; i think the surgery itself lasted maybe 30 mins?
I felt a bit dizzy after it was done and a minor pain when I got home; other than that, it was alright.

Since yesterday, I look as if I were beaten up. I've been putting ice pack around my left eye every hour. It looks a little better than last night, and I look forward to looking like a normal myself soon.
The eyelid area is swollen from the surgery, which I hope, will sink down, too.
My left eye now looks like a sleepy eye, completely the opposite of pre-operation where it looked like I was staring at something.

I'm so glad my doctor gave me 2 weeks to recover, cause with one purple eye like that, I would have felt uncomfortable going to work.

Gatorgirly, yes, at least the HR has been helpful regarding my medical leave. I submitted my med certificate directly to HR, and bypassed my boss. Although she knows all med documents are highly confidential, she cannot keep it private and she would share her employees' medical info with her colleagues. I was so relieved that the HR told her, that they would be the only ones who will receive my med documents.

I have a follow-up with my doctor next Thursday, and in the meantime, the nurse told me no gym, no violent activities (It's too funny he used the word “violent”), and no water around the left eye area. He told me, if I don't feel comfortable, it would be safe to just go into a hair salon and ask them to wash my hair. He was probably the nicest nurse i've met so far, very very patient-oriented & accommodating, which made my operation process very pleasant. It makes a huge difference, especially when you are going for an operation. Overall, the clinic members were very nice, so I'm going to bring them a box of chocolates for being such a wonderful people.

One of the place where I went for a job interview called me today (thank got they didn't call me yesterday!), for a reference check. I gave them 2 references, but not my current boss.

Alright, I'm back to ice pack massage now.

Thank you again for your support, and I will keep you posted!!

Shakira7













Diagnosed with Graves Disease in sept 2012. Methimazole 5mg/day : sept 2012 - march 2013 Very short remission until end of june 2013;Methimazole 5mg/2 days : july 2013 - oct 2013; Methimazole 5mg/3 days : oct 2013 - dec 2013;Methimazole 5mg/2x wk : dec 2013 - jan 2014;Methimazole 5mg/5 days: jan 2014 - we'll see ;undereye bag since oct 2012;swollen upper eyelid since summer 2013;hoping to regain my real eyelids one day.

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#4 July 25, 2014 17:51:19

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Thanks for the update - so glad to hear that you are doing well! I'm sure the clinic would definitely appreciate hearing your kind words. And yes, chocolate is good, too.

Fingers crossed that the new job opportunity comes through for you!


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#5 Aug. 1, 2014 18:55:32

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Thank you, Kimberly!
My eyelids are doing much better this week, but I still have to make sure the water doesn't get inside my eyes when I wash my hair.
Although it's not completely healed yet, it feels great to have my original look back. I'm sure everyone reading this, who had/has TED know what I'm talking about. :-)

YES, I got the job offer today and I gladly accepted it!!!
I start in 2 weeks.

I can now sleep in peace this weekend.


Diagnosed with Graves Disease in sept 2012. Methimazole 5mg/day : sept 2012 - march 2013 Very short remission until end of june 2013;Methimazole 5mg/2 days : july 2013 - oct 2013; Methimazole 5mg/3 days : oct 2013 - dec 2013;Methimazole 5mg/2x wk : dec 2013 - jan 2014;Methimazole 5mg/5 days: jan 2014 - we'll see ;undereye bag since oct 2012;swollen upper eyelid since summer 2013;hoping to regain my real eyelids one day.

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#6 Aug. 1, 2014 22:11:40

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Shakira,
Read back through your posts, see HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME!! I am so happy for you, and it makes me smile to think how much you will be able to help others, reassure them, re job, surgery, HR, stress, and all the things that were so very worrisome to you. And rightly so! Now, you are on the other side of all of his. PLUS a NEW JOB. I am so very happy for you. New jobs come with a bit of stress and self-doubt as well, and I am sue you will do fine!

I really like work, I am not retired. But I actually miss it a lot! Fortunately, I still get invited to all the parties, and get all caught up on the rumors, drama and all which are a part of work.

The eyelid procedure really IS a piece of cake, with very little impact or issue, and great rewards. But you just don't know…until you know!

Again, my best wishes an congratulations. Please stay on the forum!
Shirley


TED 2008-present. OD for pressure on optic nerve 02/02/10
Eye muscle surgery 09/23/10 Upper eyelid surgery 02/01/11
Lower eyelids with grafts from palate, 10/5, 10/25/11
Graves dx/thyroidectomy 1959-Synthroid from 1980

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#7 Aug. 2, 2014 08:37:12

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Shirley, thank you so much for such a thoughtful word of encouragement!!
This forum has been my key resource & support ever since I have been diagnosed with GD in 2012. Honestly, I don't even know how I went through all this without losing my mind.

Yes, it was quite a challenge for me, especially because most average opthalmologists don't seem to be able to detect the TED symptoms. I found my oculoplastic surgeon through one of the reputable TED surgeon whose name came up on this forum. I immediately contacted his clinic, and he was very generous to give me a referral of his friend (oculo-plastic surgeon) with whom he did the residency & who works a lot closer to where I live. His friend turned out to be very nice, approachable & the entire clinic staff were very helpful.

BTW, I bought them a box of chocolate last week, and I could see a big smile on their face! :-)

In addition to my TED condition, was the toxic workplace where we would constantly get reprimanded, harassed for getting sick, having a medical condition, having to goto a doctor's appointment & taking a sick day leave…even worse, getting pressured to work from home to someone who was about to go on a maternity leave.
I work in Canada and this is a well-established, well-known company in its sector…and this dpt treats their employees like some illegal immigrants working under the table.

In any case, it's all going to be in the past very soon.

Yes, I am partially nervous about my new job - what type of coworkers & managers will I meet. However, I know the job itself will be must more stimulating than what I've been doing for the past 2 yrs. I will focus on the positive energy.

Shirley, that's wonderful that you still get your invitation to your workplace parties!! Yes, it's great to stay in the loop & hear about what's going on work while you are not there.

Most of all, yes, of course, I will remain in this forum to encourage other fellow members going through the same health condition.

Thank you again, Shirley, for your kind wishes!!!

Shakira








Diagnosed with Graves Disease in sept 2012. Methimazole 5mg/day : sept 2012 - march 2013 Very short remission until end of june 2013;Methimazole 5mg/2 days : july 2013 - oct 2013; Methimazole 5mg/3 days : oct 2013 - dec 2013;Methimazole 5mg/2x wk : dec 2013 - jan 2014;Methimazole 5mg/5 days: jan 2014 - we'll see ;undereye bag since oct 2012;swollen upper eyelid since summer 2013;hoping to regain my real eyelids one day.

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#8 Aug. 4, 2014 10:27:43

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So glad to hear that you have your original “look” back - that's the best success of all after battling TED! And congrats on the new job…that's wonderful news!


Kimberly
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#9 Dec. 8, 2014 09:41:03

dmgc28
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Hello would you be able to point me to your blog about the eyelid surgery and recovery. I'm soon to undergo it. Thank you.

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#10 Aug. 11, 2017 15:04:47

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Hi,
I would like to get your blog link regarding your upper eyelid retraction surgery.
I'm seriously considering doing it.
Thanks, Laura

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