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My Feelings About Early Retirement & Being Blessed

Having Faith

Having Faith

As usual…..

 It has been awhile since my last post. I had hoped to maintain this blog on a regular basis, mainly as a journal of my current life dealing with my physical, mental and psychological post-polio symptoms. Then of course there is the natural aging process that we must all go through.Currently I continue to work in a job I love but can no longer put in 40 hours a week and have had to cut down to maximum of 30 hours a week by going on Family Medical Leave and using my accrued sick leave. I was able to get a prescription from my neurologist to allow me to work fewer hours. Unfortunately I’m still not sure he understands post-polio symptoms as few doctors do. As Dr. Bruno calls it, The Polio Paradox hits the nail right on the head. PPS is a contradiction in itself. It is frustrating to have to try and convince my doctors my symptoms are post-polio related. Now I am asking myself, “Why should I care?” I have gotten to the point I really don’t anymore.

         As for my decision to retire……a few months back I sat in a hospital room for two hours watching a co-worker die from breast cancer. She was in a coma on life support but I talked with her and prayed over her. I knew all was well when the Holy Spirit came over me. She had to take early retirement because it came down to my employer keeping me or her. They kept me on which allowed me to reach my 30 plus years as my co-worker had done. She never forgave me (but I think as a Christian she did, in her own way, I feel sure of it) even though it was out of my control. Her sister later told me it was the best thing that could have happen to her, she was given time to do volunteer work for her Church, spend more time with her family and most of all watch her only grand-daughter grow into a fine young lady. After leaving her hospital room, kissing her on the forehead and letting her know “it is ok to let go”  (two hours later the family took her off life support). As I drove away from the hospital, a thought came over me, “Bubba, it is time to stop working. You have to think of your health and maintaining your independence. Money is important to maintain my independence but my health is more important.” I went back to the office and the next day I typed my letter of intent to retire as of January 31, 2014. As the time approaches, I have mixed feelings.  Physically I grow weaker but try not to dwell on that, mentally I have become more forgetful and without rest have difficulty speaking and organizing my thoughts. For that reason I hate to talk on a phone because it can get a bit embarrassing. Psychologically, I feel I am withdrawing more and more from others but having faith and a belief in Jesus Christ along with great friends I will get through anything thrown my way!I feel strongly that all things happen for a reason and I am trying to convince myself, all will be well, I am making the right decision and God will get me through this……..he always has and always will.

   For anyone who has read my posts then you know about “Birdy”. She is doing great! That little dog can be dense at times but she is smart and entertaining. No one could ask for a better dog. She seldom barks, is full of life and energy, wants to stay at my side or at least in her eye sight and will pout (walking away slowly with her head held down) when I have to leave her for work or when it is bed time. It took awhile to dawn on me but I’ve learned to love her and she is a gift from God. There was a very good reason it was meant for me to rescue her from certain euthanization.I hope to post again soon as I think it helps to sometimes be able to put my thoughts into words. As I sit here and type, now and then I glance out of my window seeing the palm tree I planted a few years back, growing full and tall, the green grass, the live oaks with moss hanging from the limbs……I could go on forever. I think what I’m trying to say is that no matter what life throws at us, with Gods help we can get through anything and when I look out of my window I’m thankful for my life and all God has blessed me with.

For the one or two who might read this, take care and when you have tuff decisions to make, trust yourself, leave it in Gods hands and try not to look at the negatives in your life but instead, look at the positives (blessings). If you look beyond the trees, you will find just how blessed you are.


Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Early Retirement, Mental, Pets, Polio, Quit Smoking


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Is Pet Insurance Worth The Gamble?

Birdy with her new toys since her old ones had to be thrown away due to being contaminated by the parvo. The elephant is one of her favorites as it has big ears like her!

Birdy with her new toys since her old ones had to be thrown away due to being contaminated by the parvo. The elephant is one of her favorites as it has big ears like her!

I came home from work today with good news from Birdy’s insurance company. A lady from Petplan Pet Insurance left a voice message on my phone stating my claim was being processed by their accounting department and they were cutting me a check for over $5,000 dollars which will pay the credit card I had to use to save Birdy’s life when she had to stay in the animal emergency hospital taking heavy doses of antibiotics, having blood transfusions, enduring isolation (they did let me see her everyday through a glass window), given oxygen, feed through IV, etc.

I’m not sure to this day why I adopted Birdy and even more surprising why I took out the Pet Insurance since she appeared healthy and had all her shots but just a few months later the roof fell in on us.

As for the Parvo Virus, before Birdy came down with it I had never heard of such a thing. It strikes fast and the suffering your pet can go through is the worse I have ever seen and their chances of survival are very slim. After two days in the animal hospital I was about to have her put to sleep because the bill was growing fast and I knew it was getting to the limit of what I could afford plus nothing should have to suffer the way she was suffering. One thing for sure the hospital, vets and staff did all they could to make her comfortable.

Those eyes are hard for me to resist. Yes, her pawnails are long but she finally got them cut by her favorite vet a few days later. She actually holds her paws out to him while she calmly watches him clip them.

For those of you wanting to adopt a pet, keep in mind it will take commitment and they will need a lot of care, just like a real human. My advice to anyone reading this, the best thing you could do is scrap up enough money to take out pet health insurance. Yes it can be a gamble not knowing if they will cover the illness but then again isn’t that the same for our own health insurance?

Go to “Petplan” website (they will have me as a customer for as long as Birdy is alive) and check out what they offer because I can assure you it is affordable and worth every penny.

As for Birdy, I had been told she was a Chihuahua Mix but as it turns out she is a JackCha which is a Jack Russell and Chihuahua but my little dog is more Jack Russell. Full of energy, loving, smart and is crazy about chasing after squirrels and love everyone who comes near her! Birdy may be a pain in the behind sometimes but I can be too so she’s just paying me back I suppose 🙂

By the way, if you decide to take out a policy with Petplan for your pet I hope you will tell them that James Davis and “Birdy” of Fort Pierce FL recommended them to you. It is only my way of letting them know how much their honesty is appreciated.

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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Pets


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