Yikes I'm Getting Old! - page 4

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We all must face it - we are aging. Oh yeah, when I was 20, 30, even 40, heck I was NOT going to get old. I was going to keep learning, stay current with evidence based practices and be on TOP! However, there was something... Read More


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    Well, it seems nobody in my family lives past a certain age---I call it "the curse of 66"---and it's not looking good for my sister either, so I may very well have to be the one to break the mold. In fact, several people in my life, including my head doc, have told me recently that they are going to be HUGELY PO'd if I don't, so I guess I've got to take care of myself so I can avoid disappointing them. So......here's to eating apples instead of chocolates, and keeping my stress levels down so I don't use myself up too soon. LOL
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    i'm getting old, wahhhhh ! my eyesight is bad ( i always had 20/20 vision) and good old arthritis is in my knees and fingers. But I thank Heavenly Father every day so i can get out of bed and go to work . i never thought i'd get old and that i would be young forever, boy was i wrong ..
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    I don't color my hair because strange as it sounds, I only have a few random strands, other than by my ears, which is strange for a 63 year old. As I see the people I went to school with, worked with, and grew up with, they frequently comment that I look so young that they just know I've had extensive plastic surgery done. Wrong! Actually, that attitude annoys me quite a bit because it doesn't factor in basic genetics, good diet, regular trips to the gym, several miles walked virtually daily for decades, avoiding elevators, etc. I was told not long ago that "You still have such beautiful skin!" Great, except it was said so accusingly instead of in a complimentary way. Hey! I was born with typical peachy-pink very fair Swedish skin which is just like my dad's was, I've always taken good care of it, and didn't suntan or burn often. I have some tiny lines and a few tiny wrinkles. I use moisterizer like crazy. If I still have small pored nice skin now, it isn't by magic.

    I have managed to avoid many eye problems that go with growing older because I've always had a nearsighted and a farsighted eye. For much of my life, I've read with one eye shut. It drove my teachers nuts!

    I remember a cousin who was very nearsighted telling me I had "weird eyes!"

    In my family, there are mostly tall, willowy women who are between 5'10" and 6'. There are a few who are 5' or under, with boobs from their chins to their knees, and very high waists. My mother, aunts, and most female cousins are mostly the first. A few cousins and I are a variation of number two. Despite having two very tall parents, I'm 5'4" and tend toward extra weight if I don't watch like a hawk. As my younger cousin said with complete and utter disgust when she was eleven, "Cousins Kathy, Mary, Frannie, and I are all made from leftover parts!"

    But you know what? The tall skinny cousins and the "leftover parts" ones all turned out to be pretty fantastic
    and terrific women!
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    It really bothers me when I hear talk about increasing the age to qualify for Medicare. After all, "we are living longer today!" My father died at age 43; my son died at age 29; my mother died at 70. I know lots of older people; I don't know lots of older people who can still work in their 70's or beyond. Those are a rarity.
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    My aunt who is in her early 60’s still takes care of her patients, and I hope that I can also be like her someday! Anyway...Age maybe a threat to job security and income, but maybe we should not be threatened by aging especially if we have invested financially and physically!
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    I'm thirty, but I still feel that clock burning inside me. Some days I wake up in a near anxiety attack that yesterday I was 18, surrounded by youthful nursing students. Now I'm the big 3-0 without kids, a wife, or even a general plan of where my life is going. I've traveled every continent but Antartica, and my heart burns for just my own family, and to know I won't die lonely and a hermit.

    Time is unstoppable and cruel, but it can heal pain, it can hide our mistakes, but it eventually even erodes away steel. I feel like sometimes I am being pushed at 80mph while I smell brake pads burning and sparks flying out.

    I remember an elderly lady in nursing school tell me, when I asked her if she had any regrets. She said sure, but what she really regretted were the things she DIDN'T do out of fear, doubt, or various other reasons that didn't seem good enough to her now failing body, and youthful mind, left to die alone without friends and family surrounding her deathbed.

    I don't want to be like her. I hope I'm not her. I can only pray, like Paul, at the end I can say "I fought the good fight!" ...and regret not. Only time will tell. <swallow>
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Jan 2, '13 : Reason: Already forgetful
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    I feel that nursing takes a toll on the body and the mind. There will always be patients but its only one of me so I need to continue to take care of myself in all aspects. I'm in school pursing a msn-nursing informatics. When its time for me to leave nursing, I will exit with no regrets. I feel as I continue my education I will transition from direct care as this is occurring now. I'm a young nurse, but I'm aware of my surroundings and how healthcare is trending. I'm all ready planning my strategies. But I'm aware that at some point I can't be at the bedside forever. I would like to return to school right after this degree finishes and receive a doctorate...but I'm also aware of cost.
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    HAPPY NEW YEAR, All!

    There is so much one can do to hault and reverse the aging process.

    1) Balance hormones (thyroid, pancreas, female) at OPTIMAL levels (you'll have a long search ahead of you trying to find a physician who understands this, but they are out there).

    2) hGH, yet another hormone balancer. Also, great for chronic pain, which in turn guarantees a good night's sleep (delta waves/healing).

    Google

    3) Prolotherapy for those muskuloskeletal issues.

    Prolotherapy

    Brain fog, memory loss, Alzheimer's/dementia are all hormonal imbalances.

    I've used all of the above, continuing with hormones/hGH, and still passing for my eldest daughter's (37 y.o.) sister...lol I love it!
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    Actually age does not matter much. Just showing up for work puts you on the same level as everyone else and they are glad you got there. You will get the assignment apropriate for you position and until you die or quit you like everyone else will be tolerated as long as you dont get totally bizarre.
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    Was thinking about this again this morning: what do you all think? Is aging a physical or mental issue?


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