Friday night December 7th or more precisely Day 37 of retirement. Time is going so very fast. I cannot believe that I have been retired for 37 days. Roxanne and I spent part of the night putting up the Christmas tree. She spread out the branches and put up the angel while I put on the lights. Tomorrow we will put on the ornaments.
Speaking of tomorrow it is hard to believe that it is time for another birthday. Roxanne sensed that I am more excited about having a birthday than in the past. Possibly it is because it is on a Saturday or maybe because this is the first birthday since retirement. I don’t know what the reason is, but I am looking forward to the day.
I spent the last 2 days taking out the carpet and wall paper from my old “home office”. Making progress on the “closet” for Roxanne. Over the next couple of weeks Andrea the amazing painter and Dwayne the exceptional floor layer will be here and then on to the final stages. It really was a sense of accomplishment to get the work done over the last couple of days.
Wednesday, Roxanne and I spent 5 hours at the “Hip Clinic”. I asked the Occupational Therapist if she had ever seen a grown man cry before? I found the day to be a little overwhelming and I am not looking forward to the next several months. They let us know that the surgery was scheduled for January, we had to ask them to reschedule due to other commitments. Good thing that we had other commitments, because January is just around the corner.
Over the coming weeks and months I will add to the Blog the journey of a Bilateral Total Hip Replacement. At this moment in time I can truthfully say that I have never been so scared of anything in my entire life. One of the staff trying to make me smile said Gord “you are getting a 2 for 1 special.
Today someone asked me how I could do so much renovation work in my office with bad hips….I said God has been good, and He indeed has been. I have been able to do the work with out too much pain, and that in itself is a blessing, but I can tell now that I had a full day.
I am still missing all the people from work, I miss all the calls and emails. I miss all the challenges. I miss helping people and I do miss the income, but I think I am starting to settle into retirement. I can confidently say that “retirement is under rated”. Earlier this week an accountant who is retired asked me if I was “decompressing”. I told him I don’t think so. That tells me confidently how much I loved RBC and my role with the company. Although it was a role filled with challenges I never did let the stress bother me. That is another blessing.
Time to end for today, thanks to the people all over North America and Europe who have been reading my Blog. Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.