Just an observation here! Ageing is not for sissies at all.
If you are among those of us that have reach some of those monumental birthdays - you know what I speak of. If you haven't - well be warned. LOL
Things just don't work they way they used to. Things hurt. Things droop and sag. Things grow where they shouldn't. The energy level lags. The vision goes and so does the hearing. I could go on and on!!!
LEGS - I have had Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) for years. The first time I really noticed it was in my 20's on a long drive from Indiana to Florida. It is relentless at times and MISERABLE! If you are bothered by it, you know. I have found a couple things that have helped immensely. I take a tablet called Restful Legs at night. It is a tiny tablet that you take sublingually and it melts within seconds and works pretty darn quick to calm my legs. It run about $10.50 for a box of 50. I have purchased at both WM and Kroger. Some nights one works and other nights I use 2. Some nights (lately) none!
A cup of cold milk is relaxing for me as well.
No snacks after 6PM! - This has been huge for me. IF I am especially hungry, I eat a piece of cheese or a slice of lunchmeat. Protein - NO CARBS! No sweets, no chocolate, no caffeine.
It really does help.
SLEEP - Oh my elusive friend. How I miss you some nights. I am doing better with that as well, since I changed eating habits at night. My nerves have finally calmed a bit after this Spring and the loss of Glen. I was not sleeping hardly at all for a while. PTSD was never gone - I just kept reliving that day over and over in my head - so no sleep. I still do that some, but not as often.
I feel very lucky if I get 2-3 hours straight, without checking the clock. I generally can get back to sleep now - but I still wake often.
(Of course, there is late night bathroom trips). Geesh.
EYES -I have been told cataracts have started in my eyes. Oh boy! I still see pretty darn good - but that is an event I have to look forward to. NOT
HOT FLASHES - yep, I am well past menopause, but they don't stop! Now to define this properly, I used to have hot flashes 24/7. It was awful. Now I am actually comfortable to cold during the day. I can be freezing - and get under all the covers fully dressed, jeans, 2 shirts, and socks - and it takes forever to get warm. Now AT NIGHT that is a different story. I wear a t-shirt and soft shorts to bed, have the heat down to 65* and the ceiling fan on over the bed - and I am still hot. For years now, every single time I turn over in bed, I break out in a sweat. No it isn't my heart or blood pressure - I check those regularly - it is that darn peri-menopause!!!!!!
USE IT OR LOSE IT - Well, I am not sure exactly what that saying was referring to originally, but I know it is true about muscles and strength. I didn't do nearly the work this summer/fall that I usually do, and boy can I tell. Working in the bathroom the last few days has proven that. Up and down, bending, reaching, moving things - my goodness I am out of shape. I really need to do some light exercising over the winter (somebody wash my mouth out pleeeeeez!) I despise exercise in the traditional sense. Let me work hard at anything and I am good, but nooooooo sit-ups or bends!
BODY PARTS - gravity is not your friend as you get older! I am not a huge chested woman by any means - so I can still get by with going bra-less whenever I want. The 'girls' are lower than 30 years ago - but are still a little perky! Butts sag. Of course you need one for that to happen! Muscle mass is less. Oh my.
HAIR - the good and bad of it all. It changes color for sure. I still color, but not as fully as in the past and lighter. That way it doesn't look as fake. I have some gray showing through here and there, but that is better for ME than the totally gray that I know I am. I am not very accepting of the color thing yet!
I have hardly no hair on my legs any more - you can count them. Love that as I used to have to shave them every day.
BUT - these little hairs pop up over night on my face! Aaaaggghhhh!!!! I mean they seem to go from nothing to long over night. I pluck and pluck. There aren't many - but they are there.
I am woman - I don't want facial hair Lord!
My energy levels are less. I get tired easier. I can still tote a 50 lb. bag of feed - but slower and not as far, and then my back screams at me!
All I can do is keep going.
Several years ago I had an elderly neighbor who was just a hoot! A little stocky German lady who always spoke her mind. One day (in her late 80's) she told - "that stuff about the golden years is a bunch of s#*@ - aint nothing golden about them!" Her words. There are days I think she was right. LOL
In all seriousness, I am doing pretty good. I hurt and have less energy for sure - but all in all I am doing pretty good. I take absolutely NO medications. I take my herbs and vitamins and the occasional Tylenol. How lucky is that? I have had 2 operations - one at 4 and one at 8. Appendix and tonsils respectively. No broken bones, other than the one little toe that has been broken multiple times! I have not had anything rebuilt!
I have 'old arthur' for sure. My neck and joints hurt from that at times - but Tylenol and tart cherry helps.
I can't tell you the last time I was sick. I haven't had a cold or the flue for years (no I don't take a flue shot). Knock wood - I guess I shouldn't brag! I clean the grocery /shopping buggies before every use, just to ward off germs and I try to stay away from sick people. If I am around them - I come home a take preventative meds!
I can do this OLD AGE thing!
If my health holds out - I would love to live long enough to see the babies in the family grow up and graduate and marry (perhaps). I hope to be able to live on my own for a long, long time.
I just want to see what is in store for all the young-ins. YES, it scares the heck out of me, as the world is not always kind (and it has become scary crazy) - but I hope they all grow into wonderful human beings. I want to pass on whatever wisdom I can and always be the cool Aunty!
OK, I just wanted those of you going through these things to know you aren't alone. I wanted to make everyone have a little chuckle about the sad state of ageing.
And I wanted to re-enforce my beliefs and yours that we are doing pretty darn good IN SPITE OF!
MOVE FORWARD (slowly) and HAVE A GREAT DAY!