Greetings MountainMan, This is a great place to find comfort, encouragement, support, laughs and even give back the same things. I to am here after being thrown out with the brown water. My career there ended 11 tears ago and now I still keep busy and positive most the time. After being injured, my department tried to replace me in 2 weeks and then relationship went down from there. It was six months until the state put me out on a total and permanent disability. Those stories on TV about how well they take care of their own are so touching aren't they. I still had three younger kids and I did not have a choice but to work. WC did a study and told me that I could go back to work part time but I had to find a job that I did not sit or stand. That only left one position and I told them I was not working in that postion. People I arrested were treated better than I was, I hope you had a better reception. And that outrageous pay they heap on you. Yea I know. Enough said.
I currently direct a school for drug addicts and alcoholics. They have to have been clean and sober 1 year to enter the school. Our initial programs are 1 year so if the go through our programs, they can then come in to our program for 2 more years. I had one guy come in off the street and ask me if I ever arrested him.
You mention that from the neck up you are the same but from the neck down you don't know who it is. Many of us also fight the battle of not being as alert, sharp and quick thinking as we were before. The pain and the meds take their toll on that as well as other parts of life. Many times we greet one another here for the first time and say we are sorry you find yourself here. But I am so glad that I am here as it give me so much purpose as well as help as we deal with issues here and we tend to understand what we go through together. I am usually pretty positive as that help one get through life in better shape.I will look forward to talking to you more. I also have a email listed in my profile, feel free to use it. Blessings !