About 10 days ago, I created a desktop wallet on my Mac, downloading the wallet app from the Ethereum.org site.
I was told I'll have to "sync" the wallet and go through all of the blocks before my wallet is made. I transferred my first 10 Ether from Poloniex when I got the wallet address loaded, but nothing has shown up since all the blocks aren't synced yet. It has been 10 days, on my fastest VPN server.
Now, IU've gone from 3,000,000 blocks to less than 100, but every time it gets to less than 100, it adds another couple of hundred blocks. This seems to be what it does, not try to complete the job, just getting new blocks for my computer to work on.
It is acting like a node, not like a wallet. How do I get my 10 Ether back? How many weeks will it take for my wallet to actually become a wallet, not a node?
I am a newbie and just want to get my investment back. I have seen my Ether in the blockchain so I know it is somewhere, just nowhere I can get it. please advise. Thank you.