It's been awhile since I posted here, and I'm sorry for neglecting the blog world. But as of Friday I am officially a Retired Person and will have a lot more time to do whatever I want to do.
For the past two weeks, in the middle of my last month of work, my mother got sick and I needed to spend a lot more time with her. She had an infection that needed intravenous antibiotics, and after 9 days of going to the doctor's office for her infusion of antibiotics, she developed a lot of swelling in her legs and was becoming weaker and weaker. I finally had to take her to the emergency room of the hospital last Tuesday, and she was admitted due to electrolyte imbalances and abnormal kidney function.
She's doing much better now but will likely be in for awhile longer, and then into the rehabilitation section of the hospital, before she gets to go home. Since she's been in the hospital, of course she hasn't been able to smoke, and I'm hoping she won't go back to it when she goes home! If nothing else, not smoking seems to help her appetite, and that alone is an improvement for her health!
During this past week I also developed a rotten head cold which left me without any ambition to do anything...and kept me from fully absorbing the fact that it was my last week of work. My group took me out for a lovely lunch last Monday, which was fun, and then there was a nice retirement party for me in the lunchroom on my last day. It was touching and I will miss everyone I've known there.
So here I am, officially retired. So far it doesn't really feel that different except I keep reminding myself it's not just a temporary break - it's permanent. I'm free to go sit in the hospital with my mom, which is where I am now, and I'm free to meet friends for lunch, dinner or something in between, without worrying about a meeting coming up on my calendar.
Of course, I will also be free to do more of the housework, more of the dog walking, and other chores! But that is only fair.
I don't know yet what I'll be doing day to day but am looking forward to finding out.