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Yippee, I'm Free!
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:27:19 PM »
I just retired at the end of the school year! Wow it's been a long time coming, and was very, very hard these past few months. I'm glad I had a lot sick days to help me to the end of the school year. I only worked 2 hours my last day of school. (I'm a teacher/technology specialist.)

Sjogrens has done a number on me, so between that and other things, I'm going to apply for disability. I guess I need to bear down for the long haul, as I hear applying for disability can be a bear! But my retirement won't be enough, and I'll need the medical insurance in a few years.

But, Yippee . . . I'm free!  Free to start taking care of myself better. Free to lay down and rest when I need it. Free to pace myself, Free to put warm or cold packs on my eyes when needed, Free to drink liquids more often as needed, free to rest the painful back, free to close my eyes, instead of looking at the computer, and on, and on, and on!!

Yippee I'm free! Though reality is still here, I went to the store this morning, walked two isles, and was looking for a chair to sit down on, and then barely made it home.  But I don't need to wait for my next day off to try it again.  I can walk and dance to my own tune now!   :D   ;D


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Re: Yippee, I'm Free!
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 01:05:52 PM »
Congratulations! Enjoy yourself, rest, and think about how you want to spend the time you have when  you are not taking care of yourself.


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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2012, 01:06:09 PM »
I am so happy for you.

I worked in the school system with sp. needs students. It is hard to leave a job you love but it comes with a lot of bonuses! The freedom to do chores when you have the energy is a big plus!

What a great start to the summer for you.


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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 01:07:33 PM »
Congratulations on your retirement!!

Take care of yourself and enjoy those little and big AAHHH moments.
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 01:09:22 PM »
Congratulations!!!!  ;D Enjoy and take care of yourself....and thank you for your career teaching and guiding kids....teachers are HEROES!!!!
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Re: Yippee, I'm Free!
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2012, 01:18:20 PM »

Don't you get health insurance as part of your retirement? Or did you teach long enough for that? I got disability thru my teacher retirement. Only trouble is, I have to pay 20% of all medical expenses. Would have been cheaper to get SSDI or whatever it's called.

Enjoy your freedom. I know you WILL miss not teaching... it will just take a while for that to soak in!
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2012, 02:18:38 PM »
A hearty congratulations to you on your retirement Doxie.  You made it!!!!  Make sure that if you wish to apply for SS disability that you do it as soon as you are able to as these things take a long time to get processed.

Best of luck in your new career of taking care of you!



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Re: Yippee, I'm Free!
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2012, 04:13:43 PM »
Congratulations! I am so happy for you! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D


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Re: Yippee, I'm Free!
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2012, 04:39:39 PM »

I know how you feel as I retired from teaching in 2003. It really won't sink in as you will feel like you are in that "summer vacation" mode.  It's when everyone goes back to school in the fall when you can celebrate that you won't be teaching again. It is a wonderful, incredible, well deserved feeling.  ENJOY! :)



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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2012, 05:35:39 PM »
Congratulations and Enjoy! I don't work anymore and I feel the same way  FREE! Setting my own schedule, having time for light exercise and rest and less stress has been wonderful and healthy for me. I still have flares but I can stay home and rest instead of struggling through the work day.


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Re: Yippee, I'm Free!
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2012, 05:53:04 PM »
Congratulations on your retirement Doxie!  I think you're going to feel better :D
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Re: Yippee, I'm Free!
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2012, 07:22:32 AM »
Thanks for all the Replies! It's such a relief and good feeling.

Jazzlover, my district does have insurance in their retirement package, but it only covers five more years.  I'll turn 53 this month, so I'm going to need quite a few more years of insurance through SSDI.

Patty, my sentiments exactly. In flares I can stay home and rest and not struggle so much more at work!

Daisy, I've already begun a new round of doctors in preparing to file disability. I some function sheets that I'm going to have the Rheumy and Back doc fill out at the appointments (the back doc said he would, we'll see about the roomy). I want to turn those in with my application.

Like many others I have to worry about finances. I'll have enough for rent and utilities, but not food and meds.  So I hope I can get it quickly. If it takes a few years, I'm in trouble.

I appreciate all the good wishes!  I could dance with happiness! Wahooooo  ;D ;D


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Re: Yippee, I'm Free!
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2012, 07:42:06 AM »
Dearest Doxie:

So happy for you.

Yes, it won't make you 'well' to be 'free', but it will give you space and time.

For some it takes a while to realize that 'it doesn't HAVE to be done today".

"It doesn't have to be ALL finished, this time". 

"It can be postponed to another time."

"I can really pay attention to how I feel NOW, and adapt to how I feel, NOW!"

Some of us are so used to 'pushing through' everything, and some of us are still living with people who want to 'push through everything' and expect us to go along for the rough ride!

Let your doggies show you how to relax and let it flow.

Keep us posted. 


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Re: Yippee, I'm Free!
« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2012, 05:33:27 PM »
Congratulations!  I am also a teacher and so wish I could retire.  I am going to research some possibilities this summer.  One of those is the possibility of going on long term disability until I get where I can retire.  I just have to be sure I have enough money to live.  My husband has been disabled for 15 years so I am the primary wage earner.  It is a lot to consider.  All I know is I cannot go through another year like this one and continue working.

I had a duh moment reading your posts Doxie.  I was thinking if I retire at my first available date which is 3 years I would not draw enough retirement to live on until I get SS retirement age.  I never thought about being able to file for SS disability after I retire.  You have given me new hope.  We just never know what we may learn on this forum.

Thanks to all and good luck with your disability approval, Doxie.


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Re: Yippee, I'm Free!
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2012, 06:17:03 PM »
I had to quit teaching about 5 years ago.

I'm so fortunate DH has insurance!

I don't miss pushing through to make it to work at all.

I'm sooooo happy the kids are out for summer because it makes like so much easier!

Enjoy your endless summer!!!