Retired and Sick
(Surrey, BC Canada)
I retired one month ago. The first week off I started getting sick and have been sick ever since, one whole month. I have worked years and years without getting this sick and have never taken a sick day off. I waited and waited eagerly to retire and now I'm faced with this. Have no idea what is wrong, just in the middle of getting tests. Haven't been able to eat, have to sleep all the time.
I'm upset that I can't even enjoy my retirement. I know it's only a month but it's been too long to be sick. Thought it was just the flu bug but it's gone on too long now for that. My boss always told me, Carol don't retire, people retire, get sick and die.
Maybe I was stressed about retiring because I don't have money. My husband thinks that made me sick but I'm not sure about that. I wasn't that stressed, just a little worried about money, having to give up my car, etc.
My husband (common-law) helps me out financially, he's a good man that way. But I liked being independent and having my own money. And since I have no savings I kept working. All my savings went to the rehabilitation of my drug and alcohol addicted son. And to eczema, although I suffer bad from eczema, I've never had to take time off work for it and it's gone now. But I spent a lot of my saved money on trying to find a cure since regular doctors have no answers and it was getting worse and worse.
Just trying to live as simple as possible with not much money. So far it's fine, I'm not a high maintenance person, don't drink or smoke or shop. I just stay home, walk the dog, take lots of naps, garden, go to the gym and that's about it. Visit the grandchildren twice a month as well.
Don't need money for clothes, have enough now to last a lifetime, ha, ha. Not much else I need, my husband buys all the groceries, pays all the bills and I just help out with the mortgage. So nothing to complain about that way. I just want to get well again so I can enjoy my time off. Seems unfair if I have to spend my retirement sick.
I am a healthy active 69 year old, slim, fit and have no other age related illnesses. So hoping I can get to the bottom of this soon and the doctors figure out what it is.
Anyone else have this problem? Reitre and then get sick?