A little while back, I had started getting severe lower abdominal pains on my left side. All to find out I have a cyst behind my uterus. To date the size of the cyst is relatively big, the doctor described it as if I'm carrying a baby, but I'm not. But I just got into the nursing program into my school, and this is the first semester I start clinicals. In fact clinicals start next week. My concern is that, I'm scheduled to do a laparotomy next month, and my doctor has informed me that the recovery time for it is about 2 weeks. School has just started and I'm trying my best to maintain my grades, but the work load is a lot.
With this surgery, I may miss 2 weeks of classes and clinicals. I know my health comes first, and believe me I want nothing more then to not wake up anticipating severe pain and cramps everyday. But the amount of lectures I'll be missing and the amount of work I would have to make up is stressing me out. I have the option of doing the surgery while school is in session or waiting till the break in december. I don't know if I can bare the pain any longer, but at the same time I don't know if its worth risking me falling behind in school and only to be left completely stressed out after. I want to be able to do my best, and not make excuses. I don't know who to turn to for advice, what would you recommend to be the best option?