Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Retirement - wishful thinking?

Tomorrow at 10 am I have an appointment with my chiropractor. I'm tossing up whether or not to continue having treatment with him, or go back to having remedial massage. The massage was much more effective, but at $55 a time, and no rebate from private health insurance, it just gets too expensive. The Chiropractor costs $43 a visit and we get $23 back, but as much as I know it will benefit me long term, I don't get the instant relief from him that I do from massage. My lower back and hips are really causing me grief at the moment...constant pain at night, dragging myself out of bed in the mornings after broken sleep, and now I'm finding my job is becoming harder to do. All my medical advisors say the same thing: I can't expect to do the same work at 59 that I did so effortlessly 10 years, even 5 years ago. I've cut out two more of my clients who have larger houses, and my supervisor is going to try to find more respite and personal care work for me, but there is no guarantee that will be available at the times I would prefer.

Retirement is looking more and more enticing, but our financial position would be better if I could keep working for another year at least, as next year I think I'm eligible for a pension. Ken will be eligible at the end of this year when he turns 65, but neither of us really want to be dependant on a pension yet. We both feel we'd like to continue working at least part time for a few more years if our health holds up!

I get a tad worried about myself when I see some of my clients in their 80's and 90's, who are unable to shower and dress themselves because of the pain from osteoporosis and arthritis. If I'm like this now, what the hell will I be like when I'm their age - providing I survive another 30 years?

On a lighter note, I was busy scanning some needlework for Patra's Place earlier tonight, and decided while I had the scanner going, I may as well scan some more of my swap cards for the Swap Card blog. So if you are interested in them, there are about 10 more pages to see!


Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Gina.
Sorry to hear you in so much pain. I was under a Chiropractor.for low back pain, I have now swapped to remedial massage under Docs advice and doing a lot better, also when it constantly aches and pain travels down my legs I take 3 heated wheat bags to bed put 2 at my back and 1 down the bed near my legs.I find I get a lot of relief doing that.I hope it help you make a decision. Take care hope you can get some relief.

Saturday, 24 February, 2007  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Ah, retirement - what an enticing thought. You need to be careful of that back. Mine is ok as long as I sit or walk, but lying down or standing for more than a few minutes - very sore. I wouldn't like to do anything to strain it and you shouldn't either.

Love those great nieces of yours - what lovely children.

Saturday, 24 February, 2007  

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