I know that most of us have been through hell and back, probably more than just one time.
I saw my real productive time with IBM start to dwindle as it became more and more painful to work on the computer. When last year they were trying to get rid of some of the 'older'
people, I saw it as a great opportunity to leave and retire.
When I first went into the retirement mode, I became a slug!.
Didnt do a thing around the house. Before that I would do the food shopping and making all the meals. That basically came to an end. The less I did , the more I didnt want to do anything.
It was easy to dwell more on my physical problems and to an extent whine and felt sorry for myself.
I didnt like who I was becoming and I know my wife was not happy with me, nor where my grow children.
When I started my current part time work at a Wine Shop, I started to feel better. Now almost 6 months into that job, I have been fortunate enough to work with the owner and making changes. After all, before my computer career, I started in the Wine business (1971). Right now, I am doing what I love... I get to talk with people about wine and many other topics. Many times I tend to talk to much. I make it a point of knowing so many of their first names.
I do hurt, standing on my feet 20 hours or so a week, has put a strain on my body. But it is a discomfort I am so willing to put up with. I feel now as if I was given a second opportunity.
But most of all, I have regained the self respect and feeling of being worthy again.
I cant tell you how great that feels.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences