2012. A watershed year for our family.We quietly turned the corner from the down-hill slide of middle age to old age. Our health problems are proof of that.
We also went from vital full-time or part time workers to stay-abed, wallow in exhaustion folk with chronic illness. I retired from full-time teaching (and maintaining SPED certification through college courses) while Hubby became too disabled to work at the odd jobs he had so enjoyed for the last 20 years or so. Needless to say, I'm far happier with retirement than Hubby is.
We gave up private insurance to become those people the Republicans hate so much: Medicare recipients sucking on the government tit.
Financially we went from people who saved like crazy so we COULD retire to happily spending our meager funds to supplement our retirement income. We even finally hired a financial consultant to manage our dwindling funds.
Instead of a husband and wife who each had one primary physician, we began a family having specialists in all kinds of fields: pulmonology, cardiology, orthopedics, opticians, dieticians, nurse practitioners, physical therapists. We gave up separate GPs to share one between us because it made scheduling doctor's appointments so much easier.
We became people who could travel 12 months of the year if we chose, instead of scheduling limited vacation time around employment contracts and college class schedules.
|Wendy and me at the Chesapeake Bay beach house in September|
Instead of being a triple threat group of couples when we went to the local concerts, we because a double coupling plus one when we lost a dearly beloved friend in the spring. I miss him every single week, even though I actually only saw him every month or so. His death seemed to herald a downturn in health for all of us.
|Nancy and Tom at our 25th wedding concert|
|Hubby directing church choir|
|Guys on the right of the property are carrying in the guttering which is also laying on the front lawn.|