Forced into early retirement w. disability
by David in Florida
I found this site by accident and hope it's still active. I've read a few of the stories posted and can understand where a lot of you are coming from.
Prior to being medically retired I was a Lt/FF/Paramedic with a large FD. It's been 10 months now and I can say it's not what I expected to say the least. I was retired following a Cervical Fusion from C-5 through C-7 which was not successful. The surgeon gave me permanent restrictions of no lifting over 10 pounds as well as a few other restrictions.
In 10 months, I've learned who my real friends are and found out I didn't have as many as I thought. Your Golf buddies stop calling since you can not play anymore. Your kayak fishing buddies quit calling as well. Social isolation becomes a way of life.
I'm only 57, married for 39 years and have a wife who's slowly losing patience. I have learned what the definition of depression is. The things I used to enjoy are no longer there!
It's easy for someone to say "let's take a walk". But when your in a rut , doesn't sound fun at all! I'm not complaining but just trying to share what I've learned!
1. Depression is very commen
2. Social isolation is commen ( especially when your spouse is still working)
3. Some of our lives become like the movie Ground Hog Day lol
4. No one will hire you with certain restrictions
I wish everyone Luck in their situations! Hopefully yours is going better then mine!