So sorry to hear you broke your patella on holiday,
so far from home.
I'm 45 and broke my patella into two pieces
I think a job that requires you to be on the move (on your feet a lot?) is going to be very demanding and hard on your recovery.
I went back to work on Oct 5 (injury on Oct 9, surgery Oct 18) and the pain was too significant. I have a desk job at a computer.
It was especially hard because I was also suffering significant sleep deprivation from the pain at night.
I ended up going onto short term disability -- thankfully my boss and his boss are both very understanding and want me to focus on healing.
Of course, another wrinkle in my recovery is that I can't drive yet.
I hope your management is supportive and will make it possible for you to get some much needed down-time to properly heal. When you return to work, do you have a quiet lounge or other place to put your leg up? Do you have some good friends/colleagues who can help you with "legwork" type errands?
Is your job frequently customer-facing for long periods? I imagine it's going to be hard to take a break when you need it if that's the case, especially if a colleague has to escalate a customer issue to you.
Regardless of how soon you end up going back to work, hopefully you will stay in touch with us Knee Geeks!
P.S. I realize I didn't actually answer the question yet. I agree with you that recovery times are unique to the individual. My job is mentally demanding and is performed in relative isolation, so it's easy for my knee to "bug" me and make it hard to concentrate. It might be easier if you have a lot of face to face contact to help you concentrate (I know it helps me). I am taking a relatively "long" time (2+ months) away from work to recover so that I reduce the chance of reinjury or long term issues by overdoing it too soon. I gotta live with this knee (or an eventual replacement) for the rest of my life