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HI! I just recently had the sleeve April 29th and im worried about my transition back to work! im a nurse and with covid, the acuity is super high. were supposed to get like a Breakfast break and a lunch break but I can't ever remember taking more than 15 minutes break during a 12 hour day. I really nervous about getting my Water in or having time to sit down and drink my drinks and eat my food. I should be going back may 18th, so starting phase 2 diet. Please, any nurses out there or anyone who also does labor intense jobs where you're on your feet for 12+ hours, pls give me advise on making sure I get my water in??? At home its no problem bc I sit with my water right next to me but I can't do that at work, were not even allowed water at the nurses station. anyways, please help and ill take any advice you've got!

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Not sure if it would be allowed or not, perhaps they would under your circumstances but, maybe you could use a Camel Pack like the military use? That way it's always with you (you wear them on your back and they're lightweight) and you could even sip in while wearing your mask as the tube should slip/fit under the mask easily. If you don't know what they are look it up.

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As a former nurse manager get a note from the doctor that you have to consume 4 ounces of Water an hour. They will have to accommodate you. You will prob have to go through employee health but they have to...the only down side is then you have to make time to do that. I had my sleeve 4/8 and came back to work 2.5 weeks ago ( I am currently a NP in an Urgent Care who see covid and potential covid pts plus all the other urgent care issues) I use Baritastic app so I set alarms every 30 mins to remind me to drink water. I also hide my water in a drawer :). The hardest thing was the taking the mask on/off...so before I came back to work I tested how many oz at once I could comfortable drink. I got up to 2oz at a time so 2 water breaks an hour has worked well. I hope this helps :)

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Absolutely get a doctor’s note with specific instructions on what you need. Do not let any floor managers or supervisors try and bully you into anything different! . I had this happen before on a previous surgery when I used to work Emerg and it was a huge mistake.

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I’m an RN, surgery on 4/5. I always have a liter Water bottle with me & drink constantly- & yes even in the ER - you have to go pee! You can do it ! Take care of yourself so you can care for others

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