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The Body at 70

Posted in Uncategorized by sndybeech on July 12, 2010

It’s not so much that I turned 70 this spring, it’s that the main feature of my life for the last four months has been my body and it’s ailments.

First it was the hysterectomy; I made a great recovery from the surgery and got my energy back in half the time everyone told me it would take but even before that happened I was hit by Trigeminal neuralgia.

TN is mostly an old person’s disease so right away I took it as a terrible birthday present. In less than two months it was under control with a drug, but right about then my right knee became a problem. Now my day is scheduled around pill time.

Every visit to the mail box is that moment before opening a beautifully-wrapped present in anticipation of finding my handicap parking permit, and then the bitter letdown of nothing. I watch walkers, amazed how easily they do it, how casually–bend, swing, straighten, weight shifting automatically, balanced in the moments when only one leg is on the ground–as if it were not a complex mechanical operation. I scooter around the grocery store.

My new health providers include a neurologist, neurological surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, rehabilitation therapist and physical therapist.

Went to the coast for the 4th of July weekend and spent the entire time in the house–well a couple of excursions out on the deck.

My father’s late-life mantra was  ‘We should be born old and grow young.’ Finally, I understand.

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  1. Jeff said, on July 13, 2010 at 6:41 am

    Ever see “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”? Premise is precisely Abe’s mantra….

    • sndybeech said, on July 13, 2010 at 8:06 am

      I have seen it. I doubt Abe ever thought it thru that precisely. Garrison Keeler also did a pretty amazing piece on the same theme climaxing in how you then go on in the middle of an orgasm.

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