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Old 01-23-2018, 08:57 AM
 
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So this icy rainy miserable morning was my retirement breakfast. I had to get up at 5am to miss traffic and still found it hard to get in at 7a! (No wonder people are often late). Fell down the steps on the way to my car but I was gonna get there.

I am still overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection and regard this morning. A very nice cake and layout for breakfast, Nursing Admin and dozens of night people and some supervisors from units. I felt like I was in a wedding receiving line, greeting each person with such appreciation. I fell apart. I am not accustomed to, or good at, receiving affection and I could not stop my emotional response. I made a nice speech thanking everyone for the morning and for the coworking and reminded people of how we all contribute to the very real culture of excellence at our esteemed hospital. I also said how important the assistants are and how they're underpaid (take that, director of nursing. It wouldn't be me without some lumpy ungracious comment).

I guess if no one cared I'm leaving or I didn't think well of coworkers, I'd feel the years had been a failure, but I am still overwhelmed with the regard they showed me. I am especially honored by the regard of my coworkers, so many times and situations where we really had to depend on each other and have each other's backs. Not a normal job by any measure.

As I expect, I am not anticipating missing the actual work or hours but that MASH-unit feel of the nights and the mostly high-quality people who work there. Having worked elsewhere, I know how different it can be (like most of the places I tried in the 1980s and 1990s).

Still icy when I got home but I wasn't leaving the leftover cake and bacon behind. Almost broke my neck getting up into the house. Rather have snow than ice rain any day. I think I'll just stay in (after watching the dogs skid off the back steps) and contemplate the cake and bacon. Oh, and the schedule woman got the retirement flyer she made and framed a copy for me, which I had broadly hinted that I would like. One unit collected money and donated $150 to animal charities. Nice notes from many people on cards.

Almost over. Four more mights and on Sunday morning, I give over my keys and badge and I'm history.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:04 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Congrats on a "Black Ice" Breakfast.. Sound like it was a nice get together.

(Guess my invite got lost in the Mail....)
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:07 AM
 
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Yes. I had a lunch, not a breakfast, but it was so nice that people took the time out of their busy day to come. These last few days will be bittersweet; many other people will stop and talk with you. Handing over the badge was really an odd sensation. It probably will be for you, too.

Congratulations, BrightDogLover!!!
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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After you get a stent and a nice scare you will skip cake and bacon.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:15 AM
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Location: Spurs country. "Go, Spurs, Go!"
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I became emotional while reading your post, actually got teary reading about how everyone showed up, the love and friendship your received, your speech. I gasped about you falling down the steps on the way to your car, definitely don't want you go get hurt or break a bone on such an important day for your, and the freedom from work in your very near future!

You really made your mark, not only on the job, but with the people in your life. Specifically your co-workers, and if they felt your touch and presence, then you KNOW your patients did. So you can go forward in your new life knowing what your purpose in life really was, helping others who FELT your kindness, caring and patience in their lives.

I worry that after the love and hugs and people, in other words, when reality hits, that this new life will be a bit of a shock or let down for you. You may feel "now what", and even a little lost. Please do not let this get to you, or if it does, take a day to get through those feelings, then, with the attitude of "moving forward" and your mental strength, begin your new life with hope, and excitement, and wonder.

I wish you all the best. I have BTDT, much like most, or many, of the folks here in the Retirement forum. You are a favorite among many, and you can find solace, advice and support here.

Hugs to you, and Congratulations on your upcoming new life!
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Congratulations, brightdoglover! You've earned the accolades, respect, and affection of your co-workers in a tough job. That is everything. You are going to have lovely and rewarding new experiences in Colorado! Best wishes on your journey to your new home! We hope you'll share some of the experiences and updates here on city-data.
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:32 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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What a wonderfull breakfast farewell to enjoy and remember! Congratulations!
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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I became emotional while reading your post, actually got teary reading about how everyone showed up, the love and friendship your received, your speech. I gasped about you falling down the steps on the way to your car, definitely don't want you go get hurt or break a bone on such an important day for your, and the freedom from work in your very near future!

You really made your mark, not only on the job, but with the people in your life. Specifically your co-workers, and if they felt your touch and presence, then you KNOW your patients did. So you can go forward in your new life knowing what your purpose in life really was, helping others who FELT your kindness, caring and patience in their lives.

I worry that after the love and hugs and people, in other words, when reality hits, that this new life will be a bit of a shock or let down for you. You may feel "now what", and even a little lost. Please do not let this get to you, or if it does, take a day to get through those feelings, then, with the attitude of "moving forward" and your mental strength, begin your new life with hope, and excitement, and wonder.

I wish you all the best. I have BTDT, much like most, or many, of the folks here in the Retirement forum. You are a favorite among many, and you can find solace, advice and support here.

Hugs to you, and Congratulations on your upcoming new life!
... And ... Just to add - "what (s)he said!" ... 😊
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:55 AM
 
Location: La Jolla
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It sounds like a wonderful send off. Enjoy the next part of your life!
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Old 01-23-2018, 10:24 AM
 
Location: SW Corner of CT
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Where I work, you get a handshake on your way out. We had a guy retire after 54 years, not so much as a card.....as a matter of fact, other than his immediate coworkers, nothing.....administrators didn't even visit. Love where I work
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