First the bad news: my client had to fire the lady he’d hired to take my place. I tried for three months to train her, but she was hopeless. And she was the third person he attempted to hire. No one wants a part-time job with no benefits.
Now the good news: I changed pain doctors and he put me on a pain patch in place of the pills I had been taking (which were making me sick). My pain is down to a managable level. I haven’t felt this, well, I won’t say “good”, but I will say “not horrible”, for years. And my primary physician prescribed a narcolepsy medication for me that keeps me awake when I drive. It works great. It’s a non-narcotic and I only have to take it when I’m going to be driving. The only side-effect is that it keeps me wide awake for 18-20 hours, which is new to me. I haven’t been able to go more than four hours without nodding off for years.
So I guess I’m not ready to retire completely after all!