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The Age-Related Falling Apart Thread

Started by SueC, June 25, 2020, 03:32:34

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SueC

Dear fellow denizens travelling from cradle to grave

...and perhaps closer to t'one than t'other...

I don't know if all of us need a thread like this yet, but some of us will...  :1f62a:

Anyway, this is where you can bring your new malfunctions/equipment failures/ailments/afflictions/additional weather forecasting capabilities, and tales of young whippersnappers who don't respect their elders and betters and whatever they listen to, it's clearly not music... :angel

...and get a sympathetic ear and perhaps a collection of other people's miseries that make you feel better about your own (...is that all? ...you don't know how well off you are!).

After all, did not a wise man once say, "The fire's nearly out, and there's nothing left to burn..." (when he was only bloody well 39, for heaven's sake  :evil:  - oh to be 39 again grumble grumble)...  :angel

Catalogue your woes here.

I'll be brave and jump into this murky pool first.

I could go on and on about loss of skin elasticity and the cumulative effects of gravity on mammary glands and other non-essential and essential parts of the anatomy, about getting one's hair colour from a bottle, about having to work harder on one's fitness than ten years ago, about the ever more challenging micromanagement of adipose deposits around the umbilicus, about not walking normally anymore when first getting out of bed in the morning but sort of creaking crabwise in a huddled manner in the general direction of the bathroom, about having your sex hormones being made by big pharma rather than your own gonads and wondering what would happen to that aspect of your life were you to get stranded on a desert island, about periodically not being able to stand straight for a couple of days without doing ten minutes of Pilates first just because you overdid something or moved the wrong way, about finding that one of your toe joints now dislocates and snaps back in a painful manner when you put pressure on your toe from a particular direction in the relatively normal course of movement, about being horrified by grating sounds when you turn your head from side to side, about suddenly needing reading glasses to be able to decipher your beloved books, about the horror of then looking at yourself through those reading glasses and realising that failing vision gave you an airbrushed view of yourself for a while now, about all sorts of stuff like that...  :beaming-face

...but I won't.  Instead, I'm just going to present my latest never-before-experienced piece of personal corporeal disintegration:  Pain in the bases of the thumbs after a week of cutting and dragging the old wood out of fodder hedges, which I hope is a soft tissue injury and not arthritis (because then at least it's got a decent chance of healing up uneventfully).

And I'm also going to mention my husband's most recent ridiculous foray into this territory:  Taking his lunch bag off the rear seat of the car from the driver's seat, and then not being able to use his shoulder properly for over three months.

My friend Alice, who's in her 80s, calls this game, "What fresh horror is this?"

Come ye and play.  :winking_tongue
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Ulrich

It might not have just do with age, but being 50+ it probably has: I feel sooo tired sometimes, especially after 1-2 hours of garden work...  :unamused:
And my neck and the knees (etc.) sometimes do hurt...
If only I'd thought of the right words...

SueC

Gardening has always had that effect on me.  It only became interesting when a) I could eat it, or b) it was wildlife-friendly.  This part is probably not your age, just the effect of a strange combination of dullness, hard work and fresh air!   :winking_tongue   ...and that's why I love podcasts...

The knees, however...  :1f635:

By the way, check your Vitamin D levels - a lot of people have borderline deficiencies and can benefit from supplementation, especially through the winter when you're not exposing skin to sunlight much... that can make you tired... and leave you prone to infections too...they're just investigating the link with COVID-19 severity...
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Ulrich

Quote from: SueC on June 26, 2020, 14:39:32Gardening has always had that effect on me.

Well then I won't worry.  :happy

Quote from: SueC on June 26, 2020, 14:39:32By the way, check your Vitamin D levels - a lot of people have borderline deficiencies and can benefit from supplementation...

Yeah, I've been out in the sun (rather too often than not).
Someone once gave me some Vitamin D pills, after I read the package insert, I discarded them...
(Same as with some other supplementation pills years ago; I didn't feel too well after taking them, so why bother...?)

My tiredness might come from more garden work than usual (when I had more "normal" work I just didn't have the time). Hangin' around waiting for work or a positive sign, probably added to it... :unamused:
If only I'd thought of the right words...

SueC

Quote from: Ulrich on June 26, 2020, 18:21:32
Quote from: SueC on June 26, 2020, 14:39:32Gardening has always had that effect on me.

Well then I won't worry.  :happy

Another good soporific is watching the paint dry.  :angel


Quote from: Ulrich on June 26, 2020, 18:21:32Yeah, I've been out in the sun (rather too often than not).
Someone once gave me some Vitamin D pills, after I read the package insert, I discarded them...
(Same as with some other supplementation pills years ago; I didn't feel too well after taking them, so why bother...?)

As it's summer and you're getting regular outdoors time and presumably not wearing a bag over your head, yeah, you should be OK for Vitamin D at the moment.  But would you believe many Australians are borderline deficient now because our anti-skincancer campaign is a bit too effective?

If something doesn't agree with you, then it's a good idea not to do it.  A lot of supplementation is actually unnecessary if you eat healthily, and much stuff is quackery.  But I was one of the borderline Vitamin D deficiency people at one point, despite being outdoors a fair bit, so it was helpful for me, and especially later, when I had a broken bone.

I wonder how common borderline or actual Vitamin D deficiency is in Goths compared to the normal population.  :angel  ...also shift workers and virtual cavedwellers...


Quote from: Ulrich on June 26, 2020, 18:21:32My tiredness might come from more garden work than usual (when I had more "normal" work I just didn't have the time). Hangin' around waiting for work or a positive sign, probably added to it... :unamused:

Carrying the weight of the world on one's shoulders can make a person tired as well, and there's a bit of that at the moment.
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