Change of Plans
(Minneapolis, MN, USA)
My retirement plans took a sharp detour when my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia soon after I ended my business career. I now have a new career --caregiver.
I opted to care for her myself rather than trust her welfare to memory units in professional care facilities. I know of several men who blew off caregiving their wives, but, were our situations reversed, she would have cared for me as long as was physically possible, so bailing out on her was not an option.
Now I keep really busy in my retirement and don't waste very much time in a day. It is not exactly making lemonade out of a lemon, but there is an exquisite feeling of satisfaction that comes from doing the right thing.