Wishing you well, Edward, your postings here are always poignant. You have that knack of hitting the nail right on the head. And you are a moderator too, where do you find the time?Thanks, yes - taking it as a warning, being careful. Stress-triggered, doctor reckons (I was told yesterday I'm now the third academic in our department in the last year to be hospitalised with a heart issue). The variety they think I have is one that's not got underlying lifestyle causes - it's a vessel in the heart spasming rather than thickening artery walls - but lifestyle, job stress particularly, is a definite trigger. My department at the university has introduced a new workload monitoring system this year, and based on crunching last year's data it flagged up that I did somewhere in the region of 136% of my assigned teaching load last year (as well as a full 100% of my admin and scholarship requirements), so I imagine that didn't help! I've already been promised more TAs as needed this year, so that's a plus. I'm not good as rule at saying no at work, so this has given me a bit more of a motivation to do that when needed.
I strongly recommend that you monitor your workload as much as you do here, but I would also say that you probably wouldn't be comfortable with retirement. From experience, even though it's only a few months, retirement takes some getting used to. My wife Tina, a retired paramedic, had no problem with it, as our bulging wardrobes will attest. She has a time consuming and fulfilling hobby making our clothes.
Recently I may have found my niche, I have become a member of: "The Handwritten Letter Appreciation Society." It looks just the sort of thing to fill my time and give pleasure in the process. In the meantime Edward, you watch your lifestyle and take good care of yourself, otherwise Tina might be asking you some very uncomfortable questions, later.