Retirement not going well
by Jan Hyder
I retired in January of this year after working 47 years in the medical field.
I spent 25 years working long hard hours as an xray tech and then went on to spend another 22 years as an ultrasound tech, again long hard hours. I loved doing both of these things and they were both good paying professions for a single mom.
I was more than ready to retire both mentally and physically. I gave a year's notice and spent that year gearing down towards retirement. I went to 3 days a week and that went well but I was always concerned about what I was going to do with all my spare time when the time came.
I have never been a hobby person, I like to read and work in my yard and I love TV. I am also pretty much a loner. I envisioned taking some classes, maybe going to the gym. I really dreaded being that person who just sat around all day.
I already has foot surgery scheduled for right after I retired and it went well, until I had to go back in for a revision 2 weeks later and then 4 weeks after that I actually fractured a bone in the same foot. Then I started having back issues due to my gait changing (from walking the big boot they gave me}.
It's now the first week of July, the foot is healed but still causes some pain and the back is better but I just feel like crap. Oh, forgot to mention that in May my hands starting going numb and now my finger tips are all numb all the time. Just had nerve testing and got the diagnosis bilateral carpal tunnel and will have to have surgery for that.
I told my Dr. how crappy I was feeling: extreme fatigue, muscle pain, and weight gain. She tested me for everything and all tests were normal.
I am sure I'm depressed over all the medical issues but I also think I need to get up and start doing a few more things on a daily basis. You know, use it or lose it.
I have developed a small routine to get my day going. I think I have been feeling guilty that I don't have as much going on as other retired people seem to. It seems like they are always on the go but I have just recently realized that I have never been that person. I really enjoy just drinking coffee on the patio and watching the birds at the feeders.
I'm just hoping that I am about finished with the medical problems.