…about getting old?
Right up front I have to say I don’t mind for a minute growing older. I’m not ready to kick off by a long shot and even the nasty things that come with age are a welcome reprieve from the other alternative at this point. The thing is that today I thought I was going blind but the optometrist assured me the spots before my eyes and the strange flashing light on the edge of my eye is a natural part of the ageing process.
I sighed a huge sigh of relief when I found out I wasn’t going blind and that the separation of fluid in my eye (not the medical term) is part of a natural process but by the time I got home I was wondering what would be next. Sore muscles, and deteriorating bone and muscle mass I knew about. The grey hair and wrinkles can be remedied with good products and a good hairdresser but what are the other things they aren’t telling me.
It reminds me a bit of other stages of life. When they told me at 10 about periods there were some things no one mentioned. I won’t go into details but I was really surprised about cramps and hair in strange places. Then came the menopause stage. Yes, I knew about hot flashes but no one mentioned I wouldn’t have a decent night of sleep for 10 years or anything about the crazy mood swings.
Now this. What are we to expect next. Any good doctor will tell you they don’t like to give the patient too much information about medication side effects because the patient might become a bit paranoid and perhaps even develop hypochondria and imagine the side effects. Maybe they don’t tell us because they don’t want us to worry too much or develop hysterical symptoms.
Well, I’m thinking now that a well worded but detailed booklet about the physical and emotional accompaniments of each of life’s stages could be an award winner. I want to know what else might be coming at me so I don’t panic unnecessarily like I did when I got the floaty things in my eyes.
Perhaps you are a little ahead of me can help with the compilation of this life manual. Maybe we can include a chapter on how to handle adult children. They didn’t tell me that part either.