Sunday, April 06, 2014
I have a surgeon at NY Presbyterian Medical Center and a date for surgery in a little over two weeks. Pre-surgical tests have been made and I am in the process of meeting with my primary care physician and my cardiologist to get releases for the surgery.
Everything is in place, and I am now just waiting.
Both surgeons I spoke with continued to be optimistic and assured me that I should expect an excellent outcome. I am feeling very fortunate.
This medical event has prompted me to evaluate other areas of my life, and I have made a decision to retire from my teaching position. My husband is now fully retired, and is no longer doing consulting work, so my retirement now will allow us more time to explore new activities and travel together. We will have more flexibility if I am not tied to the classroom two days a week throughout the fall semester and if I don't have to spend one day of each weekend correcting papers. I enjoyed teaching very much - but the time has come to let it go and move on. I will miss the students, but I won't miss correcting their papers.
So now I am trying to set up some structure to what will be my new life. There will be no routine or structure from a job, so I will have the responsibility of filling my days in meaningful ways.
Spark People will provide the guidelines and structure for my diet and exercise.
I will rejoin some organizations - the local camera club and the Friends of the library - just to keep up with my interests.
My husband and I will be able to take advantage of the many opportunities available in New York City as well as in our local community to experience art, theater, music, science, and current events through the many museums and university programs.
We may even find ourselves taking some fun short term courses in cooking or art appreciation or whatever appeals to us.
Volunteering for short-term projects is something I would also like to do.
Perhaps Literacy Volunteers may be a way to go.
This will be a new chapter in our lives - and I am looking forward to enjoying it.