Rejoice with me! I'm retiring in June!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by pearls, Feb 28, 2003.

  1. pearls

    pearls New Member

    I haven't been looking at this forum for days and days because I've been drowning in new ways to kill off teachers, I guess. Grading time - and teaching for that matter - has never been close to this hard. I'm not kidding.

    But there is good news! I'm retiring in June! Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! (Is that how you spell it? I'm too tired to figure it out or look it up.)

    Happy nevertheless,
    Pearl
  2. camelgirl

    camelgirl New Member

    now maybe you will have more time to take care of yourself eh?...i'm truly happy for you.
    peace, hugs, god bless, camelgirl
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Congrats! Geez, teaching; I can't think of a more demanding career unless it's nursing. Enjoy your time; you've earned it :)

    Love, Mikie
  4. blessings

    blessings New Member

    I rejoice with you on your retirement. I hope you have wonderful, stress free days and enjoy yourself to your hearts content! Blessings to you.
  5. pearls

    pearls New Member

    Thank you, everyone. Yes, teaching IS demanding. In fact, most elementary teachers in California probably feel their jobs have become intolerable and want out. So to be leaving at this time and with this DD, you can be sure I'm dancing on air, so to speak. It is really too bad, but that's a subject for another forum - and I'll leave it to someone else. My job as of mid-June will indeed be to care for myself.

    Thanks again,
    Pearl
  6. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    Congratulations on your retirement! I've been working on it, but haven't been successful yet.

    Last spring I realized I would not be able to return to the classsroom so I began the paperwork for disability retirement. I don't have enough years in to do it otherwise (the amount I would receive would be about $300 a month). I was assured by the disability retirement specialist that I would probably be collecting my checks by September.

    In December I received a denial based on the bogus report of psychiatrist the state hired. He claimed I don't have CFS, although he never asked the appropriate questions to determine whether or not I do. Then he stated that CFS is commonly thought to be all in the patient's head.

    The good news is the state wouldn't send the report to me, only to my doc, and it really made him mad. So he set out to do everything in his power to prove this jerk wrong. I also hired an attorney to help with my retirement. Between the two I think I'll get it, but I wish it had been easier.

    You are definitely right about teaching becoming more and more difficult. It seems they want more and more from the classroom teachers, but without raising the pay. It won't be long before there is a real shortage of teachers unless this is changed.

    One thing I can tell you is I haven't missed teaching at all. I am able to sleep late and do what I need to take care of my health. I wish you all the best in your retirement.

    Barbara