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A 23-year-old member asked:

should i go back to work or school after a serious illness?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes if cleared: If you are medically cleared, you should try to return to work or school as a return to normalcy is important in any recovery from a serious illness.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Return to work: I agree with Dr. Cheng. If you have an infectious illness that may still be transmitted to others- I would delay return to work. If going to work is going to slow your recovery time that needs to be taken into consideration. Your doctor should be able to tell you when it is appropriate to return to work.

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When should I start pumping and storing milk in preparation for going back to work?

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Dr. Janesta Noland
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: If you are going back to work at 6 or 8 weeks, you need to store up some milk early. Start pumping and storing by a month. If you have a longer time before you go back, you can wait to store until a month or two before going back. But you will likely be pumping before that in order to give the baby breastmilk in a bottle, an important skill for baby to develop prior to your return to work!
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What can I do if I am nervous about going back to work?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Start slow: If you can try to start back in the middle of the week so that you have a short first week. If your work allows try to work shorter days at first so you are not away from your baby as long. Make sure you are comfortable with your daycare situation and bring a picture of your baby to work with you so you can always take a quick peek at their cute face!
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Is it normal to feel nervous about going back to work?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Yes: Going back to work and leaving your little one in daycare or with a nanny is hard. Make sure you are comfortable with your daycare situation and bring a small picture of your baby to set on your desk. Its also normal to feel not quite prepared to work again, your days have been spent cooing and changing diapers, not working! take it slow and you will find a good balance between work and family.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I find that my shoulders are always slouching forward. is there a product that can help me get proper alignment, so that my shoulders are back?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
Yes!: Several brace companies offer posture braces. These may be purchased on your own, but you may have the optimal results if you have one prescribed by an orthopaedic physician, so that you can receive the proper fit, adjustments and instructions on use. Use of these braces should be in conjunction with strengthening exercises, particularly of the muscles around the shoulder blade (scapula).
A 35-year-old member asked:

How do I get healthy fast and restore my activity back to normal?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Depends: How are you unhealthy? That is the central question. In general, exercise, diet, and proper sleep are good for anybody.

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