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Author Topic: Ok, here it goes.....!!!  (Read 2777 times)

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Offline J.R.E.

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Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« on: September 10, 2013, 08:11:31 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D

Hey all,...

Ed  and I are leaving in about 40 minutes.  I can now apply for my Social security. I refuse to work until 66 for the full benefits !!

So, we will be heading down to Clearwater to the Social Security Administration building.  I have an account created online with them, and can do this online, but I prefer to be there in person.

When Ed went a couple of months ago, it took him about 2 1/2 hours to get through the process.  So, we're getting there, before the doors open and wait in line.

You can apply for these benefits 3 months before your 62nd birthday.  I never would have thought back in 1985, that I would be around for this day, and I certainly never thought I would be around for this day in 2003, when I was so ill.  But,  I made it !

I plan on giving my two week notice at work around December 10th, and then I will officially be out of the workforce.

Everything has been calculated and recalculated.  I know what I will be getting, and there won't be a problem.  It will be a little tighter, but I know how to make ends meet, I've been pretty efficient that way.

Hopefully we will get through the process quickly this morning.  I will let you know later

Ray  ;D  yeah!!!!
 

Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline mitch777

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2013, 08:56:33 AM »

Congrats Ray! :)
Amazing how time flies.

m.
31 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

Offline moxieinme

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2013, 09:11:09 AM »
Congratulations on your Golden Years!!

JD
Salvage therapy wrangler, riding the poz bronco and dodging bullets for over 24 years.
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CD4 at diagnosis 1989 = 330
Began treatment (AZT) 1989
Lowest labs 1998: CD4=74, 7%, VL=750,000
First sustained undetectable VL in 20 years (2009); CD4=315
Current labs (12/13): CD4=637, 27%, VL=<20
Current meds: Prezista, Isentress, Intellence, Norvir

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2013, 10:34:46 AM »
I never would have thought back in 1985, that I would be around for this day, and I certainly never thought I would be around for this day in 2003, when I was so ill.  But,  I made it !
congratulations!! :)
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2013, 11:03:18 AM »
Congrats on the pending retirement.  Back in the 80's, it was difficult to imagine ever achieving that milestone.  If I make it another 13 years, I can finally start receiving retirement benefits that I paid in to.  Thankfully, Bill convinced me to invest in the future rather than my closet.   :o

Best wishes,

wolfie
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2013, 02:16:03 PM »


Thanks Guys !  8)


It's all done !  There was a line of about 50 people outside the door, before it even opened today, at 9:00

The process moved quickly, and we were out of there by 10:15 


I will get my first check in January !


Ray  8)
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline Theyer

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2013, 02:54:54 PM »
Many congrats Sir
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline BT65

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2013, 05:39:44 PM »
Congratulations Ray!
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline harleymc

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2013, 05:35:57 AM »
Congratulations.

Offline pozniceguy

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2013, 11:52:25 PM »
Ray  , welcome to  the  officially "retired"  ranks...    having those  checks and  access to the  VA  will  provide a great  way to let  you  just do  what  you want  on your  schedule....enjoy it...I  sure do.

Nick
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2013, 08:10:02 AM »
Ray  , welcome to  the  officially "retired"  ranks...    having those  checks and  access to the  VA  will  provide a great  way to let  you  just do  what  you want  on your  schedule....enjoy it...I  sure do.

Nick

 :D  Thanks Nick, and thanks again everyone.  It's going to nice, just to take it easy after all these years ! There hasn't been a time, that I haven't had a job, or sometimes two jobs at a time.  I collected unemployment once in my life, and that was after I got out of the service, but after a month I got bored, and went right back to work.


Ray  8)
« Last Edit: September 12, 2013, 08:13:38 AM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2013, 09:30:21 AM »
Ray, I am so happy for you!

I have six more years before I can follow suit.

I have hemmed and hawed about it, but think the magic 62 will be my time to go for it.

Congratulations again!

HUGS,

Mark
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~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2013, 05:09:55 PM »
Ray, I am so proud and happy for you that you MADE IT to retirement!  WOO HOO.  I know that is a fantastic feeling.  I hope everything goes smoothly, and I hope you have a WONDERFUL retirement.

Some of us who never have had the chance to fulfill our careers or even to work at 'real jobs' are living vicariously through you guys who are able to WORK and then to RETIRE.

Congratulations, my friend.

HUGS, Alan
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Offline bear60

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2013, 12:57:11 PM »
Also retired, and experiencing things being a little tighter.  I took out a home owners line of credit to keep things going here at the house. Updating etc....but thats it in terms of "credit" .  If I cant afford to pay cash for something, I dont buy it.
Happy retirement!
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2013, 01:25:42 PM »
No excuses to not attend AMG this year. ;)  Looking forward to seeing you both again.
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2014, 12:00:36 PM »


Oh Happy Day !! LOL  ;D   I received my first Social Security check in the bank yesterday.  I am now officially a senior citizen !  ;D  Looks as though I will get mine on the second Wednesday of each month. Ed gets his on the third Wednesday of each month.


I wouldn't have thunk it possible 28 years ago !


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline Theyer

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2014, 05:22:50 PM »
Many congrats , and heres to hundreds off checks.
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2014, 03:46:52 AM »
Enjoy your retirement Ray!
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

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Re: Ok, here it goes.....!!!
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2014, 12:21:45 AM »
congrats to taking it easy!

 


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