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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Good morning. It has been awhile since I've wrote a blog. Life has gotten in my way once more and I've finally come to a fork in the road; so to speak.

Work has finally slowed down. No more 125 hr paychecks. Back to 80 once more. All of our new hires are on their own and are doing excellent.

I've had a wee bit of a set back in my health again. Well actually several. I was finally evaluated for all of my cramps and charlie horses I've been having. My lab work was good with the exception of my creatinine level. While slightly elevated it wasn't extremely high.
Normal range for a female my age is 45 to 90 μmol/L (0.5 to 1.0 mg/dL) . My level was 1.11.
It was high enough my doctor's office called said no more NSAIDS. (Anti-inflammatory meds) So now it's only Tylenol for my pain and while that takes away some of the pain it does nothing for the inflammation I have on a daily basis.

You may also remember that my brother is a dialysis patient. No way do I want to get to that point. So for the past week no ibuprofen for me. Serum creatinine level of 1.6 mg/dl means that, over 50% of kidney function is already lost, which is significant. So this is what I am now facing. I don't know if I can get the function back or not. I have another follow-up apt on Oct 1.

The bleed in the left eye continues to improve although I still have the haziness that accompanied the bleed. It makes it difficult to see as it always feels like there are 'floaters' in there obstructing my vision. I have been going to the specialist every 6 weeks. I believe this next time I'm going to tell him I can't afford seeing him every 6 weeks. It cost about $350 each time. Unfortunately I'm not made of money.

I have my countdown started for retirement. I'm still trying to decide whether to do it in 1 1/2 years at age 62 or at age 65. The money amount monthly is a $500 difference if I wait. So we'll see.

That's about it for now. I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe and COVID free.

These are what are monthly numbers looked like on 8/25/20

Have a blessed day and keep on keeping on. emoticon ~ Donna
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    53 days ago
    I will be praying for you!!! emoticon I hope that everything is better on your October 1st. appointment. emoticon Stay safe and keep smiling!!! emoticon
    56 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Well, the first question you need to ask yourself is: Is your health going to hold out until you're 65 where you can enjoy your retirement. My brother was holding out as long as he could. He never got to apply to social security so they get to keep all his money. Didn't get a single penny of it because he was single and had no children. I finally convinced him to retire from UPS. He got two checks from that. He was a heart patient plus his kidneys were damaged in his heart attack of September 2019. He was on dialysis for a month in the hospital but his levels were still higher than normal. He had a heart attack on March 12th, so his life was cut short at 62. We are not guaranteed a tomorrow. I only know that all too well. My Mom died suddenly in her 40's. I died from complications of gallbladder surgery but thankfully was revived. I lost my brother twice - first in September for 18 minutes before his heart could be restarted and then again on March 12th when it couldn't. Life is precious.
    There are so many considerations when you're retiring. Just remember the quality of your life and what you want out of it. Yes money is important but it won't do you any good if you're not here to enjoy it.
    58 days ago
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    60 days ago
    My DH had to stop ibuprofen, too. But back on it, again. Not sure why. He doesn't take it all the time.

    Yes! Your retirement is very personal. I'm over 65, still self employed. At this point $500.00 extra $ a month would be a godsend. Just my thoughts..... I LOVE my medicare extra plan! emoticon
    60 days ago
    Keeping you in my prayers!
    60 days ago
    Wishing you the best, will send healing vibes
    60 days ago
  • 52BINCE
    I wish you all the best and a full recovery
    60 days ago
    Wish you all the best for your health & retirement decision. Healing thoughts & prayers for your health
    60 days ago
    Well, I guess that’s good that you’re down to an 80 hr. paycheck. Even better that the newbies are on their own and doing well!

    Hang tight w/the kidney function. My little sis is in stage 4 kidney disease, but she has improved her #’s with nutrition. See if you can *if you haven’t already* see a dietitian. Might help. Sorry you’re dealing w/that.

    It’s tough making that decision. $500 is a lot of $$ right now for sure.

    Prayers that your health issues get controlled.

    60 days ago
  • no profile photo MLR_00
    Stay safe, stay healthy
    60 days ago
    Donna I am sorry About the health issues you have been having and I certainly hope Things improve for you Since you have stopped taking the Nsaids. As for retirement, it's such an Individual decision. I worked till time in a very busy orthopedic clinic until 70+ years. My mind and body were very much ready. But again, It is an individual thing With so many things to consider. And as you say, Cobra is SO expensive! Keep me posted with how you're doing. 😊 ...💓 ...Also Thank you for reading and posting on my blog and I loved this song by Patsy Cline that You added. It's beautiful! ...👍 ...Hugs and love..
    60 days ago
    So sorry about the health issues. Praying that your creatinine levels continue to improve. Renal failure as you know is not something to ignore. Have you looked into dietary change to help maintain your renal function? You remain in my thoughts. Ahhhhhhh retirement is wonderful but I understand the dilemma. I started did not retire until 65.
    60 days ago
    Wish you all the best in your health and retirement decisions.
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  • no profile photo ROSSYFLOSSY
    Have a terrific day! 😀👍🏻
    60 days ago
    wow there is just so much going on all the time I am glad that the work load has gone down some that will help but I worry about all the Tylenol I doubt that it is that good for you either I am working on the same question about retirement 62 or 65 and I am leaning toward 65 because of the medicare and that is important and a necessity for me Cobra is just way to expensive and the differance in take home is way to much over 6oo

    have a blessed day make it the best weekend ever
    60 days ago
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