As I approach my 74th Birthday (117 dy.), the beginning of my 75th year of life, I realize that getting old, in and of itself, isn’t that bad. It’ is the side effects that do you in.
For me the realization began around 20 years ago in 1996 when I noticed that my arms could no longer hold the book I was reading far enough away that I could see the words clearly. So it was off to the Pharmacy to buy a pair of non-prescription reading glasses. After a few months the drug store glasses weren’t working so it was off to the Optometrist to get proper glasses. In my case bi-focal. It was also around this time that I noticed my hairline receding and by the turn of the century, 2000, I had to admit to the fact that I was balding. With this realization I contemplated suicide (just joking) as I always had a good full head of hair. It was also around the same time that I had to start letting my belt out a notch or two which eventually led to buying longer belts and bigger pants. The next big revelation was my first heart attack followed 7 years later by my second attack in 2008 and my third one on new years’ eve 2012 so I spent new years’ day 2013 and 5 more in the Hospital. It was at this time I also quit smoking after 56 years. In the past 3 years I have been diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes, and Asthma.
I also lost all my upper teeth and I forgot to mention that around 2010 I had to get hearing aids. My Pharmaceutical intake has risen over the years to 9 pills a day and two different type puffers. I also have Diabetic Neuropathy in my feet. Like I said it’s the damn side effects that do you in. At the rate I’m going by the time I reach 80, if I’m lucky, nothing will be working or I’ll be taking so many pills there won’t be room in my stomach for food.
Yep! Getting old wouldn’t be that bad if your body didn’t decide to get even with you for all those years you didn’t look after it and abused it. Oh. Boy am I in for it in the next few years and the body doesn’t accept apologies. Its’ attitude is “Hey you did it now pay up”.



  1. Four or five years ago, Jill, a friend of many years, stated, “I’m beginning to feel like an old car…all the parts are breaking down!!!” Such is life..especially in our generations due to fact we are LIVING MANY MORE YEARS! Therefore, to happily live these extra years, we must learn to cope with the inconveniences that plague us! At least we can still maintain friendships, good food, and living modestly within our financial means! We get from LIFE…what we put into it, I’ve learned!!!

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