Post # 1
I’m having all of my wisdom teeth out on Monday in a pretty complicated surgery. I am expected to have a lot of swelling and bruising on my face in the following days, but I don’t know how long it will last. I originally requested the entire week off to recover but a family emergency came up for another co-worker and she has to leave the country so I have to go back to work at least Thursday and Friday (they asked for Wednesday as well but I refused). I will probably look like I got attacked and beaten, and slurring my words. Makeup will not be enough to hide that. Is it acceptable to return to work like that or should I tell them no way? If you were my patient would you be offended by my appearance and speech? Be honest.
Post # 4
@Aquaria: I wouldn’t be put off. I might be startled enough to inquire about your well being, if it’s severe enough, but that’s it. 🙂
Post # 5
@Aquaria: I think it would depend on your profession.
Post # 6
I don’t really have an opinion on whether any bruising or swelling would be appropriate for work, but I think any swelling will be minimal after four days. I got all four of my wisdom teeth out at once three years ago, and I think I was fine appearance-wise after probably two days (maybe even the next day, even though I didn’t FEEL great the next day). But that might just be my experience.
Edit: I just realized you said it’s a pretty complicated surgery, so I’m guessing there are extenuating circumstances. In that case, my above info is probably no help 🙂 But really, if your employer is making you come to work knowing you have surgery, I think they’ll have to take what they can get.
Post # 7
Maybe you’ll be like my husband. He had two wisdoms taken out and he didn’t have any side effects at all. Not even pain and swelling.
I wouldn’t be phased by a bruised anyone at a workplace. I don’t ask.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Wisdom teeth recovery is different for everyone, but hopefully you will be fine by Thursday 🙂 I know for me it only took a day or two for the swelling to go down, same with a few other people I know.
You mentioned you have patients. If you are in a doctoral or nursing profession, your patients may be a bit put off, but it really can’t be helped if you are being pulled in due to another coworker’s emergency But hopefully you will be fine by Thursday!
Post # 9
It really depends on where you work.
However, you can reduce some of the brusing by sleeping sitting up I know this sounds a bit silly but it actually works I did this and two days later my friend came over and didn’t even realise I had gotten them out! and also ice them as much as possible 15 minutes on 45 minutes off.
Post # 10
I’m getting my wisdoms out in a few weeks.
I say, as long as you are able to work, (not too drugged up, not in too much pain) and you’re not drooling or bleeding everywhere, go.
If people ask, you have a good explanation, and most people will understand.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
I had no bruising when I had 3 wisdom teeth taken out at one time. Everyone heals differently though.
Post # 12
Without knowing what you do, it’s hard to say. For example, I work in a corporate environment and only interact with my colleagues in person. The rest of my business contacts (e.g. vendors) are via email/phone calls (mostly email). As such, since I feel pretty comfortable with my team, I would work, assuming no one is disturbed or grossed out by my appearance.
However, if I had to interface with the public and people who I don’t see regularly and know well, I probably wouldn’t if I really looked like the victim in a bar fight. People unfortunately make judgements without knowing the full story and they may not think to ask (or may feel uncomfortable asking) to get the real truth.
Post # 13
As a patient I might be a bit surprised/curious, but I don’t think it’s unprofessional. Things happen.
You might not even have visible bruising, I know a lot of people who didn’t.
Post # 14
@Aquaria: It’s very unlikely that you will be slurring your words. If it’s like me you will have swollen cheeks, nothing more. I had dental surgery earlier this year and returned to work the next day with a swollen cheek. Even with something more major, the swelling will be mostly down by Thursday.
And even if there is a little swelling, so what? No, no one should be offended.
Post # 15
After 4 days, there shouldn’t be really anything noticeable. I don’t know how complicated your surgery will be, but my cousin had 7 teeth removed in a pretty complicated surgery and he never bruised.
I just had all 4 of mine removed, and didn’t swell at all. Someone told me to eat pineapple, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, the night before and either it worked or I just didn’t swell. It’s worth a shot!
Like other posters said, it depends on where you work, but I don’t think it’s unprofessional at all.
Post # 16
I think as long as you’re not dealing with customers, going to work with a bruised face is fine. Just be prepare for lots of questions.