Friday, 15 January 2016
Annoyances of Old Age
Be warned...this is a 'pity party' rant..apologies in advance!!
The last two weeks have been rather 'eventful'...'enlightening'....'annoying'...a sobering reminder that my chronological age is creeping along into my seventh decade....Why?
First I had to pay a visit to the Dental Clinic...after numerous scans,
x-rays, blood tests and prodding and poking...I really don't like dentists.
There is "considerable bone density loss in my right jaw, upper and lower"
Osteoporosis in my jaw...too much talking my husband said!
Due in fact to the chronic tooth and gum infections I have endured since the age of eleven. Which has merrily eaten away the bone.
As I am already taking medication for osteoporosis the only 'treatment' is a wonderful 'Hannibal Lector' like support to wear at night
or whenever I am not wearing my 'teeth'.
Secondly:....yesterday a routine visit to the Optician shows that I have cataracts in both eyes, one in the centre of the lens in the left and one at the bottom in the right.
That explains the recent problems I have been having with my eyes which I thought were just my need for new glasses.
I love my Optician, he is 'old school' , an independent optician not one of these speedy fix-it quick operations. He has been looking after my eyes since 1987 so knows them very well.
These dratted cataracts will slowly get worse until the time comes for surgery to replace the lens.
These two 'annoyances' are just more to add to the long list of my ailments which I will now list, just because I feel like a moan...so if you have read this far please feel free to stop now!
So to date my poor ageing body has to cope, on a daily basis with:-
1. Pain in the jaw
2. Fuzzy vision
3. Osteoporosis pain in three crumbling Lumbar Discs that were fractured in an accident in 1964 (surgery not an option in this case) Plus the three 'slipped discs' that were squashed and regularly 'slip' a little more
4. Trochanteric Bursitis, both hips which makes sleeping difficult
5.Cervical Spondylosis for which I need a special pillow or neck brace to get to sleep at night
6.A leaking Mitral Valve which gives me the occasional bout of Angina
7. A kink in my Carotid Artery that occasionally goes into spasm and gives me a dizzy spell
8. A 'Baker's Cyst' in my right knee which regularly flares up and means that I have to wear a knee brace...
9. Asthma that makes me out of puff in windy or extra cold weather
10. Low blood pressure which means if I get up too quickly I fall over! Better to have low blood pressure than high. This runs in the family, my Mother had low BP as do my two daughters.
11.......plus the constant aches and annoying pain of osteoarthritis....
OK...am done now, just had to have a rant as sometimes I get rather fed up . It is amazing how the body gets used to living with chronic pain, my eldest daughter's constant pain and immobility is far worse than mine and puts things into perspective.
...and yes, am very grateful for free health care despite the many faults of the NHS
... and yes, there are many more people that cope with similar and more than this and don't have a moan.
I don't usually moan , because moaning/ranting/pity parties change nothing at all....but just felt like it.
Did warn you!!
Feel much better now