Thursday, April 26, 2007

Getting Older 1

Arthritis means waking up in the morning and asking, "Is this a bad day, or a really bad day?" Having a good day, and they are scarce at best, is waking up and saying "Wow, it doesn't hurt. Much."

Saturday, April 7, 2007

My aching head

I've had a headache since 4am Thursday. Just a little one. A little nagging annoying pain across the top of my skull that refuses to budge. All the usual magic tricks have been tried and found wanting. Hot shower. Ibuprophan. Massage. Hot water bottle. Sinus medication and spray. I'm thinking of maybe trying trepanning....

Or just poking out one eye with a pointed stick.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Time Marches

As I approached After Sixty I noticed that night sleeping is becoming of shorter duration. I go to bed later and get up earlier. Throughout most of my life those two events happened at very civilized hours: somewhere between 9 and 10pm and somewhere between 6 and 7am. But bedtime has crept to between 10 and 12pm while morning keeps occurring between 5 and 6, sometimes even between 4 and 5. If this continues I'll be drumming my fingers on the pillow waiting for sleep that never arrives.

I make up for it though. I may not stagger off to bed until midnight but I can often be found resting my eyes, as Gramma used to call it while she snored, in my chair in front of the television. And by mid-afternoon I am nodding off sitting straight up in front of my computer. Something about that flat screen must exert a sleeping spell.

Monday, April 2, 2007

I made it!

Sixty. Years Old. No longer any chance to convince myself I'm still a young thing. And Okay, like many young things I assumed I'd live forever and so taking care of myself was not at the head of my To-Do list. It wasn't even in the first hundred. It probably didn't even appear at all. Time has caught up though, with vengeance. This vehicle never was a Ferrari but the Ford Station Wagon is now a jalopy. The engine coughs and whines, and chokes up. The oil filter gets clogged and the muffler is rusty. And the starter? Needs a new battery. But the radio works sometimes. AM only, no FM, CD's or (heaven forbid) DVD player.

But I can still make it around the block!