|MEMOIRS and ECHOES by Dr. William F. Schnitzker, 110 pg perfect bound. Autobiography of a Peditrician’s life before medicine and after. To order send check or money order to: Wm. Schnitzker, 1612 Lexington Ave., Ashland, KY 41101. E-mail: beau at wwd.net|
I retired at 67 and did locum tenens for another 6 years. While it was interesting to see how other physicians practiced in other parts of the country I missed my own patients. I finally had to completely retire from medicine when my Parkinson’s made it almost impossible for me to work for more than a couple of hours without severe fatigue setting in. Bettylee’s declining health and mine has tarnished my “Golden Years.” Bettylee has been on oxygen around the clock for 5 years due to severe COPD. Two years ago she experienced renal failure and has been on dialysis 4 times a week since.
I’m glad I took the time to travel, sail and play tennis while I was younger. Even though my physical abilities are limited I can look back at a very full and rewarding life with no regrets for the things I didn’t do.