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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:36 pm 
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In visiting this and other boards it often seems that way. I am 69, will be 70 in September, most days I can pass for 40-50, people who know me say I usually act like I'm 13. My medicine cabinet has decongestants and Ibruprofen, my last prescription was 30 years ago, something for bursitis, which is my biggest health problem. My last doctor's visit was in 1992. I came from a family of Christian Scientists, I like to think they're looking out for me. Been taking Vitamin C Linus Pauling was right. Bicycle to work year round, and we do have winters here in Central NJ.
3 hospital stays, the first when I came into this life, the second in BCT at Fort Dix-food poisoning. The third-October 9, 2015, bicycling home at 0130-hit by a drunk. Came to in the ambulance. Hey, I got a police escort to the hospital ! Kept me for observation, yes I was wearing a helmet. Got a Percocet there, and a prescription for it, which I didn't bother getting filled, I was more sore-physically-than anything else, and very ticked off.
One interesting thing, I submitted the bill to my insurance through work, and someone suggested submitting to my car insurer. I received a phone call from the hospital's lawyer about the bill, when I told him I was an accident victim he asked where the report was filed-and I heard no more sbout it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:46 pm 
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Hang in there, your turn will come. I turned old it seems, almost overnight.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:58 pm 
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I'm not near as lucky as you are, but I think I'm doing reasonably well.

I take . . one . . prescription medication (blood pressure) that costs me $6 for a
three month supply. Other than that I take five others that are vitamin supplements.
I did manage to mess up my back, May of last year getting ready to move from CO
to AZ. I was on Ibuprofen for over four months. VERY little of that since.

The reason I mention the cost is that my daughter was on vacation for two weeks
and her mother ran out of two of her EIGHT (daily) prescriptions, and asked me to
pick them up while my daughter was away. The cost of two of the 'scripts, of the
eight, for a month's supply, was ten times what I pay for three months.

While I am not as lucky as you, for 76 years old, I figure I'm doing better than average. 8)

May we both continue to NOT need a bunch of prescriptions to keep us alive. :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:39 pm 
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Hi,

I'd knock on wood before posting what a trouble free life I've had! I've lost too many people who thought they were fine, then "suddenly" turned out to have something terrible. A lot of things happen "almost overnight" even at younger ages! I'm reminded almost every week when I take an old friend to see whichever of several doctors are involved with her cancer treatment--one year's regularly schedule mammogram, perfect; next one had a 7cm lump--and something else they're still working on...

All of you who are blessed with better than average health should be quite grateful, and be sure to give your thanks where it's deserved.

Rick C

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:06 am 
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You're a lucky guy.
I'm pretty healthy but life has dealt me some bad hands over the years so I've had several hospital visits. Sitting here right now unable to walk, can barely stand, and not a happy camper because of that.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:38 am 
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I too usually enjoy a very healthy life. Most of my stuff is minor,, not requiring a Dr. But,, as we age,,, our bodies start letting us know it's getting worn down.
Even the healthiest, most rigid health nuts & active folks will eventually have issues & die. We all do. Nobody lives on Earth forever.
It's just that by genetics, as well as lifestyle that folks age differently.

Besides,, many of the folks here are already older,, so we all are experiencing issues.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:24 am 
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Just imagine it.....................
Someday you'll be laying there in a hospital bed dying from nothing.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:26 am 
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I'll be 70 in September too. I've had very few colds etc over the years but have had GERD and prostate problems for 25 years. High bp,as of late,has me on 2 meds. Short term memory is getting worse.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:38 am 
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Yep, some folks are fortunate to die healthy. :?

I've remained mostly healthy, the hugest exception being, working in the trades, the arthritis issues have caught up with me. I'm beat to pieces. And then when a feller can't move around, the other geriatric maladies start creeping in.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:00 am 
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I have started reading the obits in the newspaper. I am 78. About 3 out of 4 are younger than me.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:31 am 
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Location: A long way from heaven and far too close to Chicago
The second most common phrase in geriatrics is "you can't expect to bounce back the way you used to." Like puberty "old age" hits different people at different times for different reasons. Just be glad you are one of the late bloomers. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:03 am 
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Location: Metamora, MI
It appears to me as prescription drugs seem to cause many, maybe most, to require more drugs to counter act side effects of other drugs.
If more people would take steps to do lifestyle changes to avoid drugs they would be much better off. Losing weight, exercise, and eating healthy can do wonders on high blood pressure, diabetes, sore knees/ankles, and other problems.

I know it has helped me!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:39 am 
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Hi...
I can only add to what others have posted.
Despite having a near death experience with mononucleosis at 21 and non Hodgkin's lymphoma at 23, I had been pretty healthy and about the strongest and high energy guy you would expect to find until age 57 in 2012.
And then one day it all came crashing down.
I woke up, was getting ready to go to work and coughed up about a cup of blood.
Long story short...salivary gland cancer that had spread into my lymph glands in my throat. Surgeries and radiation treatments saved my life.
Fast forward to 2016 and I collapsed at work. Long story short...Burkitt's like lymphoma.
Again...chemotherapy treatments saved my life.

I eventually retired at age 63.
I am nowhere near as strong as I was and have very limited stamina.
But I can still do what I want...just have to make concessions due to my physical limitations.

No medications other than lo dose aspirin, muti vitamin and Advil.

Very fortunate to be here.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:09 pm 
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Well, you're doing something right! :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:19 pm 
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For some reason the old saying “ Eat right, exercise, die anyway”. Just popped into my head.

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