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Old 08-26-2015, 12:17 AM   #1
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aging....not so gracefully

It seems like every year when my birthday rolls around my body reminds me that I'm getting older. I've been on a run for about the last 10+ years of being sick or injured on my birthday. This year is proving to be no different.
I'm only 44 so I'm not what I would consider "old" by any means. I normally don't feel old and darn sure don't act it.
I turn 45 on Friday and tonight got a reminder that it's my birthday week. I was in the yard kicking the soccer ball around with my daughter since her first game for the fall league is tomorrow. Just working on some things with her but mostly just spending time in the yard with the kids. My son's (12 and 2) were also out there with us and joined in.
I was going against my older son showing my daughter how to get the ball around him and as I took off after the ball I felt and heard a loud "pop" in my leg and at first I thought my 2 year old had come up behind me and hit me with a stick or something....yes...that's a valid concern with him. Pretty sure I tore a muscle in my calf. Looks like I'll be limped up for this birthday once again. I'll power through it though and get to my daughter's game tomorrow one way or the other. I really enjoy watching her play even though I've never really cared for soccer or even know all the rules. She loves it and that's good enough for me....she also enjoys having me there so I'll be there. Just might be a long walk from the car to the field.

Wonder what I'll hurt, rip, or tear next year?
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:30 AM   #2
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Happy Birthday!

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Old 08-26-2015, 12:49 AM   #3
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I don't regret it....just wished it wasn't always so painful. I guess I'm getting to the age where you start realizing the things you used to be able to do and took for granted that you can no longer do....or shouldn't. I had another realization about 2 weeks ago.
My brother gave me a pair of my dad's old reading glasses that he found in a tote. As a joke, and to look like dad, I tossed them on the end of my nose and grabbed a paper. I was blown away with how much better I saw with them on haha....evidently I'm almost blind. haha I've taken to wearing them pretty regularly now when reading.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:15 AM   #4
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Isn't that the truth!
Wife is 67 and has liver cancer, may not make it till December for her 68th!
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:40 PM   #5
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I'm now past the 70 mark, and if I get to feeling old, I look at the Wounded Warrior's and think that "there but for the grace of God" or maybe I could be dead. Sure is better than that alternative that lasts a whole lot longer. Beside no one ever said it would be easy getting to be a senior...... You have a long time to go my friend, (I hope) so enjoy the ride.
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What's that saying "Getting old is not for wimps!"? Sure seems to apply the older I get, too. But the alternative is pushing up daisies, so I'll tough it out on this side of the soil.

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My dad in his declining health and increasing pain would tell me "son any day I wake up and see the grass and not the roots, by God it is going to be a great day".
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I am 70, almost 71. I have bladder, colon, liver, prostrate, lung, and skin cancer. Mostly minor issues except for the liver. Now it seems the chemo is killing me faster than the cancer, so no more chemo. The point is, with all this going on, I have lost a lot of"get up and go". This all started when I was 64, and still very active. I would walk 4 miles in the morning to have coffee with "The Village Elders". I could work all day.

Now, I can walk a mile or two, maybe work two hours before I am toast. I sleep a lot at night, and take naps when I can. I just wonder how things would be if I hadn't spent the last 5 years on chemo. Maybe the same, maybe not. Just wish I had a bit more energy to get done what I need to get done. Percacet helps, but running out of that stuff shortly.

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Oh, and I haven't played basketball with the girls in many years. They no longer agree that I get 4 points a basket, don't have to dribble all the time, and can take time outs anytime I want. Mean, Mean Girls
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Oh, and I haven't played basketball with the girls in many years. They no longer agree that I get 4 points a basket, don't have to dribble all the time, and can take time outs anytime I want. Mean, Mean Girls
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Not me!! Due to the MS that's been a problem since I was 25 and I'm 68 now.
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I am 70, almost 71. I have bladder, colon, liver, prostrate, lung, and skin cancer. Mostly minor issues except for the liver. Now it seems the chemo is killing me faster than the cancer, so no more chemo. The point is, with all this going on, I have lost a lot of"get up and go". This all started when I was 64, and still very active. I would walk 4 miles in the morning to have coffee with "The Village Elders". I could work all day.

Now, I can walk a mile or two, maybe work two hours before I am toast. I sleep a lot at night, and take naps when I can. I just wonder how things would be if I hadn't spent the last 5 years on chemo. Maybe the same, maybe not. Just wish I had a bit more energy to get done what I need to get done. Percacet helps, but running out of that stuff shortly.

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Oh, and I haven't played basketball with the girls in many years. They no longer agree that I get 4 points a basket, don't have to dribble all the time, and can take time outs anytime I want. Mean, Mean Girls
maybe that's what I need.....a rules adjustment. I will definitely be just doing "walk throughs" with her for a while. Tonight at the dinner table as I was limping over to sit down she said "dad....pretty sure I can beat you now." I laughed and told her to get her ball and piggy bank.......she decided against it.
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A few months back a friend from High School past from cancer. He had just turned 60. MIL passed on the 15th from Lung Cancer, she was 64. I am glad for every day as we never know when that day will come.
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Yes you have to take what life gives you, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't make the most of it. I'm 60 and my DW is 59. We just finished our typical weekend bike ride. 50 miles with a stop for beer and lunch. I have a herniated disk and she has 5 fused lumbar vertebrae. It doesn't stop us. It's when you throw in the towel that you really do become old. BTW I would love to be 45 again.
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Yes, every month, not every b-day reminds me, but I'm WEIGH past FORTY-FIVE !?!?
I'll trade you in a New York Second !!!!

I was still playing fairly competitive ball over 55, and daring the kids hotshot teammates to cover more ground then me in a sprint - I just had to ice both knees afterwards

Sounds like you got the old 'weekend athlete' syndrome - don't warm up or stretch it out before and after,
so when you ask 'it' to do something, you surprise it and it fights back....

Just like any muscle (including our brains) if you don't regularly push them just past what they are used to, what they are used to gets lower and lower !
take care and stretch it a bit more or the kids will think you ARE old

(OH, and wish I could be like my late father-in-law.... we called him the every ready bunny ! I recall when he was 85, we had a project and he would start first, never stop, finish last and take 25% of the breaks we all did!)
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