Been offline since the beginning of the month, occasionally have been able to get online at McDonald’s, but only to check email and share some post (on FaceBook) to keep anyone from starting rumors of my passing. If anyone posted to my wall/time-line anything important please re-post it. I look at everything that shows up on my FaceBook, even though I may not always ‘re-post’, ‘like’ or ‘share’, but under the circumstances there’s no way I’m going to be able to go through two weeks of post.
When I started having heart problems 7 years ago it started a vicious cycle of working to pay the doctor bills, the work made doing the things I had to do to get better impossible, which led to more doctor bills, etc., etc. The things I need to do to make the heart problem a moot problem are simple; eat right, exercise and sleep right, three things that I love to do but are nearly impossible for Postal Workers.
Been busting my but with overtime and a personal ‘austerity’ budget the last two years to be able to take early retirement this last January with the hopes of breaking the cycle, but with the possibility of a retirement incentive being offered I’ve been holding off until that possibility was either confirmed or denied.
I’ve seen too many Postal Workers killing themselves to try to reach full retirement and when they do their bodies are so wracked and mangled they are in too much pain to enjoy retirement and more often than not they are dead within months. For me full retirement would mean I would be working at the Postal Service into my early 70s and would only draw 45% of my paycheck. With the heart problem, carpal tunnel, arthritis showing up in my hip, bad knees, chronic shoulder pain, two vertebra fused with arthritis, sleep apnea and two bad disk I saw no future in remaining with the Postal Service. My hope was to get out while I had some health and the possibility of turning some health problems around.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND:
While I was worried that I wouldn’t get out before one of the above ailments went bad it turned out that the problem would be a whole new ailment.
On that Friday I checked into the emergency room with chest pains and on Monday checked out with Type II Diabetes. This all happened while I was in the middle of moving out of one apartment into another so along with having to deal with some frantic moments of high and low blood sugar over the last 2 weeks my back is acting up from the moving and my internet access has been in limbo.
WAITING NO LONGER.:
I’ll beat the sugar thing, the cure is the same for the heart problem; eat right, exercise and sleep right. I’ll beat them because I’m waiting no longer for the retirement incentive. It would have been nice to get and would have made a precarious move to retirement easier, but unless the offer comes before I turn my paperwork in I’ll move on without it. June 30th, that’s my target date. My bucket list has been filling up for months and my ‘get the monkey off my back list’ (things I’ll never have to do again) has been growing also. Good Health and freedom on a fixed income, beats the alternative.