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Offline J.R.E.

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It's getting real now....
« on: November 20, 2013, 07:53:02 AM »
 8)

On November 3rd, I gave to my immediate supervisor, a letter notifying of my intent to retire. My final day will be in December 19th, with my official 2 week notice going out on December 1st.

Today, they just placed the ad on their website, to find someone to replace me.

I had to laugh, when employees came into work this morning, they asked me if I was being paid $20.00 and hour, for all this job..  ;D  I said hardly.

This is my job description as placed on the company website early this morning:

Front Desk Reception - Third Shift
Location:   Dunedin, FL
Exempt/Non-Exempt:   Non-Exempt
Employment Type:   Full Time
Department:   Other
Description:   Responsible for overall operations of the front desk including: monitoring communication systems, customer service, and administrative duties as assigned.

This is a Full-Time position.
Sunday - Thursday
11:00PM - 7:00AM
Duties:   • Maintains keys for apartments, offices, staff, special locks, and mailboxes. Ensures authorized staff sign for keys, monitors key return, and key filing.
• Handles all functions of the front desk including, but not limited to:
• Operating switchboard, handling resident and staff questions and inquiries.
• Answers all incoming phone calls within three rings, handles inquiries if appropriate, and directs incoming calls to the appropriate person or extension.
• Requests all ******** guests to sign in and out, distributes visitor badges for vendors and contractors, and notifies appropriate party of visitor. If requested, notifies resident if they have a visitor.
• Receives mail packages and distributes appropriately or notifies staff/resident of package.
• Manages “guest rooms” including: reservations, keys, and processing payment.
• Answers “no dial” phone alarms, reports “no dial” phone alarms to nursing department for immediate response to possible emergency.
• Maintains front desk log of important occurrences to keep subsequent shifts updated.
• In conjunction with the nursing department maintains Resident Location Log for updates with regard to changes in residents’ location (i.e., hospital, nursing center, on vacation for overnight visits).
• Notifies appropriate departments (according to Permission Entry Form) when Resident Change Notifications are received.
• Receives outside prescription deliveries: signs for delivery, notifies resident, log activity in prescription log book to ensure pharmacy items accurately to the residents.
• Upon the beginning of the shift, conducts a radio check for all lines.
• Ensures smoke panels are turned on. Answers general alarms and 911 notification within seconds; communicates to maintenance on location.
• Communicates clearly and effectively with all forms of communication.
• Updates maintains resident telephone lists, provides copies as requested.
• Ensures only authorized individuals are accessing recently vacated apartments (i.e., persons listed in Will).
• Receives maintenance requests from residents, notifies the maintenance department with resident requests as needed and logs activity in maintenance book. Acts as backup for Plant Ops Secretary for maintenance orders/requests.
• Distributes and retrieves all in-house mail.
• Updates activities and menus daily on in-house TV channel.
• Assists other departments as needed by making copies, shredding, and other projects authorized by front desk supervisor.
• Works assigned shifts as scheduled; coordinates coverage if needs to be out.
• Remains calm in emergency situations i.e., 911, fire alarms, etc.
• Acts as back up security, as available, for residents who have been identified/instructed to not leave the building.

Qualifications:   • High school diploma or GED.
• Reception and/or Switchboard experience preferred.
• General knowledge Microsoft and/or Google programs (i.e., email, PowerPoint, etc.) preferred.


So, the countdown has begun,... I now have officially 18 working days left, before I am retired.  :P

Who would have thunk it ! Certainly not me, and not 28 years ago. These last 18 days are going to go by slowly !  :P


Ray  8)








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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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline wolfter

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2013, 08:13:14 AM »
Congrats on your pending retirement.  It must be exciting!  You're right, I don't think many of us expected to ever have to deal with retirement.  Any major plans immediately upon retiring?

Greg
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013, 08:14:31 AM »
Congratulations Ray!

I'm sure you will find many ways to enjoy your retirement (and I'm sure Ed is also excited)

Very happy for you!
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2013, 08:22:03 AM »
  Any major plans immediately upon retiring?

Greg

Yes, I told Ed that with all this time on my hands, that he can expect to be smothered with  love and affection, until it makes him nauseous ! ;D  LOL ( that's a personal joke between us)

Ray  8)
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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2013, 08:29:07 AM »

I think the main thing though, will be getting used to sleeping at night and being awake in the daytime. Hopefully I may be able to adjust to that in a short period of time. We'll see.

This graveyard shift has been physically tough on me.  Ed also said we both have to start loosing weight, and on my first day of retirement, we are both going on the scale, and start working on that. I'm ready !

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=46806.0

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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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Online Jeff G

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2013, 08:54:48 AM »
Congratulations . I also want to give you some unsolicited advice about retiring that I learned the hard way . The habits you make are the habits you keep .

I know so many people who have retired who said they were going to see the world and do this and that after they rest for a month ... and then they never get up again and are still resting years later .

I'm very happy for you and this new phase of life you are entering into , now I need to take my own advise and get out more . If you guys ever pass through Birmingham be sure to look me up .     

Offline denb45

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2013, 10:04:05 AM »
Congrats Ray  ;)     speaking of driving each other bat shit crazy, both bob & I have been past that point about 5 yrs ago  ::)

we stay home alot, but we also save up for fun things, and places to go, we also gawk at things we cannot afford  ;D

so i'm sure you & ED will find a lot of things to do together, after you've run each other bat shit crazy ( just kidding sarcasm off)  ;D

so, enjoy your retirement, it's not as bad as it sounds  :)

Hugs

DEN in ABQ  8)
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2013, 07:55:16 AM »
Congrats Ray  ;)     speaking of driving each other bat shit crazy, both bob & I have been past that point about 5 yrs ago  ::)


DEN in ABQ  8)

Yes, we're past the crazy too, except for when Ed drives, he drives me crazy,   ;D       and I let him know it.

Otherwise, all is calm !


If you guys ever pass through Birmingham be sure to look me up .     


We'll do that !! Maybe we can get a little mini gathering together !

Ray 8)

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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2013, 08:07:28 AM »
I think the main thing though, will be getting used to sleeping at night and being awake in the daytime. Hopefully I may be able to adjust to that in a short period of time. We'll see.

This graveyard shift has been physically tough on me.  Ed also said we both have to start loosing weight, and on my first day of retirement, we are both going on the scale, and start working on that. I'm ready !

Ray  8)

The adjustment will be easier than you may think.  Congrats on the retirement and know that you have earned it.  I wish you the best! 

Offline WillyWump

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2013, 09:07:02 AM »
You've worked hard for this! Retirement is a great milestone, enjoy it!

-W
POZ since '08

Last Labs-
6/3/14 CD4- 736, UD 34%
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
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Offline britchick

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2013, 09:20:31 AM »
Im really pleased for you.Happy Retirement and enjoy yourself!

britchickx

Offline klassykitty

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2013, 09:50:39 PM »
Enjoy your days off and don't eat to much at the buffets.  :)
Michelle 8)
How to handle stress like a dog:
If you can't eat it or play with it.....
then pee on it and walk away

Diagnosed 01-20-2011
01-23  CD4 32    VL 125,400
02-18        76     VL 189
03-14  no cd4 test done   VL-52
04-14   69  VL-UNDECTABLE  YEA!!
05-26   50  whoopsy  
06-27   71        %-7
08-15   64 WTF %-9 
10-16  80         %7  
2012  CD4  %Thing   VL-UD
01-18  87    7
04-18  93    8  
07-16  151  8         
10-18  83    9    VL-70
2013   CD4   %thing       VL-UD
01-28  121     9
04-24  148    11   
07-25  157    11   
10-22  185    13
2014   CD-4  %thing   VL-UD
02-07 201 YEA!!!!!!  12
06-03  205      12

Offline Theyer

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2013, 08:44:46 AM »
Enjoy each one , get progressively cheekier to those you dislike cause havoc for those who deserve it , flout all rules until your last day is a celebration off anarchy.

Or not. But enjoy.

m
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2013, 08:01:45 AM »
 :)

At 6:54 this morning,( Friday morning),..I punched the time clock for the last time.

I am now...

OFFICIALLY RETIRED !!!!    :)

My fellow employes, got together and put together a nice farewell party for me last night at 10:00 !!


Now it's finally time to relax and enjoy life to the fullest !


Ray 8)




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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Online Jeff G

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2013, 08:11:57 AM »
Congratulations !!! . I'm sure you will get some rest and hit the road running . Do you have any special plans now that you are retired ? 

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2013, 08:22:08 AM »
Do you have any special plans now that you are retired ?


Not yet, My heads still spinning !  :)  I have to let this new life, soak in for a little while !  :P


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=46806.0

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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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Online Jeff G

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2013, 08:35:33 AM »

Not yet, My heads still spinning !  :)  I have to let this new life, soak in for a little while !  :P


Ray  8)

You guys can come to my retirement training school where you can learn to do my yard work, have lunch and find time for a nap . After being retired I don't know how people found time to work and still take care of the responsibility's of home . I guess part of my problem is my LTS status and need to rest significantly more than most other people me age .

Offline wolfter

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2013, 09:15:34 AM »
Super congrats. 
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #18 on: December 20, 2013, 09:46:08 AM »
Congrats Ray  :D


I've been semi-retired/disabled going on 16 yrs. now, at 1st it was very hard,but
after a few yrs. I got the hang of it (so-to-speak)  ;)

don't worry it will get better and better I promise you that, as the days, months & yrs. will all-run-together, like one big BLUR  ;D

Ray it's important, that you & ED take to time to do the things you both love doing together, as life is very short, and moves faster than EVER......

HUGS

DEN

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Offline klassykitty

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #19 on: December 20, 2013, 09:56:23 AM »
Enjoy your retirement. 

If you feel the need to shovel snow let me know  ;D

Michelle
How to handle stress like a dog:
If you can't eat it or play with it.....
then pee on it and walk away

Diagnosed 01-20-2011
01-23  CD4 32    VL 125,400
02-18        76     VL 189
03-14  no cd4 test done   VL-52
04-14   69  VL-UNDECTABLE  YEA!!
05-26   50  whoopsy  
06-27   71        %-7
08-15   64 WTF %-9 
10-16  80         %7  
2012  CD4  %Thing   VL-UD
01-18  87    7
04-18  93    8  
07-16  151  8         
10-18  83    9    VL-70
2013   CD4   %thing       VL-UD
01-28  121     9
04-24  148    11   
07-25  157    11   
10-22  185    13
2014   CD-4  %thing   VL-UD
02-07 201 YEA!!!!!!  12
06-03  205      12

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #20 on: December 20, 2013, 12:43:24 PM »
Congratulations Ray!  :)
31 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #21 on: December 21, 2013, 08:01:22 AM »
 :D

One year from now. I'll revive this thread, and let you know what 1 year of retirement has been like.

Hopefully by that time my weight will be down to 168 or less, from 180.  Blood pressure will be under control ( hopefully without meds),  and my cholesterol will be great !


Ray  8)
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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2013, 09:45:17 AM »
Ray

now tell Ed to take better care of you  :o

and also now that you have time , what the hell else to you have to do  ;D

HUGS

DEN
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2013, 06:49:59 AM »
Ray

now tell Ed to take better care of you  :o


DEN


Aw,... believe me, he takes good care of me, and I take good care of him ! :)


Ray
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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2013, 07:06:37 AM »

 :)

I just discovered that I had some pictures that were sent to me, from another employee at my last night at work. So I thought I would share. She snapped them as I was opening gifts and cards.


THEY ALL NEW THAT   " I LOVE LUCY"  ;D










MUNCHING ON SOME PIZZA !  :)










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Ray


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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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline wolfter

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #25 on: December 22, 2013, 07:22:38 AM »
You look too young to be retired.  :)  Truly hoping you enjoy the next trek of your life journey. 

No reason now that we won't see you both again.

hugs, luvs, and congrats.
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #26 on: December 24, 2013, 08:36:05 AM »
Congratulations Ray! Wishing you a long, healthy and happy retirement. :)
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Re: It's getting real now....
« Reply #27 on: December 24, 2013, 11:18:10 AM »
Hey Ray,

Congratulations on your retirement.  It will take you a little while to adjust to your new life, so try not to sweat the little things.  Make sure you keep yourself busy, otherwise all that new free time can really wear you out.

Wishing you and Ed Happy Holidays.

Joe

 


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