Hi all, thanks for the birthday wishes yesterday and for the pension advice link. When I went back to work in January after 3 months off sick, I was sure everything would be OK and I'd manage my 3 day week with no issues to speak of. It worked to a certain extent but it was the cumulative effect that I hadn't really got to grips with. By June despite having carefully placed holidays I was having doubts about my ability to keep going for any length of time. Had hols in July and just one week back at work and eldest son fell and fractured his skull. Panic drive to Glasgow to see him and DIL and also youngest son who spent several days going to work and then visiting hospital afterwards. (The new QEUH in Glasgow is huge and I had to give in and use a wheelchair to get to the ward.)
Anyway it really knocked the stuffing out of me, as the saying goes, and seeing how my husband recovered from the shock and journey etc made me realise just how not like a healthy person I am now, and how low my energy levels were already. Also made me realise that all I do is work and recover from work and not much else.
I've only got two years left now till I'm 65. I've started the ill health retirement process and have an OH appt early October. Hope work agrees to let me go as if it wasn't for my health I'd have stayed to 65.
Numpty son is now recuperating at home and hopes to get back to work in October. He just slipped and fell and fractured the back of his skull and had bruising on the brain - he was so very lucky it wasn't much worse.
So that's a quick update of how things are going just now, hope you guys are all doing OK, all the best to everyone slomo