Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I have a couple of things to talk about today. One is about a trip we are planning to Hot Springs, Arkansas where they have outdoor mineral spring water baths. The other thing is about part of my day yesterday, involving another trip to the vet with our ageing dog, Clifford. Clifford is 15 and his body has been showing some signs of the ageing process that all of us must go through, if we are lucky enough to reach the age of this process. His skin is loose, he has lots of fatty tumors, not much fat around his skeletal areas to cushion them, and a heart murmur. In March he began having trouble with his anal glands, and has had a couple of rounds of antibiotics to clear that up. My son and I noticed late yesterday evening, his bottom was all swollen and red and he was in a lot of discomfort. I called the vet's office and he was seen right away. It was not his anal glands so the vet gave him a very thorough exam trying to figure out how we could help him. She said she just didn't know what else to do for him other than take an x-ray to see if his spine was causing the discomfort and possibly his brain was thinking it was his bottom and that was causing the scooting that led to the irritated area. The x-rays revealed he does have some arthritic disk areas and she gave us some medication to try and see if he gets some relief. Today he seems so much better. After the vet examined him she said that for his age he is in really good shape. If we help him along in his ageing process he just may be with us for a few more years.
My point in telling this story is more about a reflection into all of our lives, as we go through this ageing process. I know that most likely, I will reach a time when I will need some help from someone to help me as my health starts declining. I hope that I won't be too much of a burden for anyone, but I also hope that I will be treated with respect, and not pushed aside like an old pair of shoes.
These thoughts led me to wonder "When did I start to really feel this ageing process?" For me I think it started physically and mentally around age 50. That was about the time I got the aches and pains of arthritic knees, heel spurs, tendon problems, forgetfulness, and lack of energy. I used to have enormous amounts of physical energy. When that starts diminishing, depression sets in. Other than the things I just listed, I am like Clifford in that I don't have many things that others my age do, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.
Ageing mentally is a little scary sometimes. I really forget to act my age many times. I just can't get the hang of that concept. That is just no fun at all.
So this year for my 58th birthday I will be exploring the mineral hot baths in Hot Springs, Arkansas with my hubby. Maybe we will get brave and go skinny dipping, like a couple of youngsters. What was that movie where they discovered the water of youth? I'll think of it later....