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    Things You Should Avoid Doing When You Are Over 70.

    Yesterday, I was looking through our material supply, and somehow tripped over a piece. I could not avoid the fall and landed on a piece of steel, putting a 3 inch long gash in my forearm. I knew emmediatly that this was going to take more than a band aid.

    Anyway, my brother wrapped a rag around my arm with duct tape, rushed me to the local urgent care, they cleaned it and stitched it it.

    I may be getting dumber as I get older. One miss step and now I gotta put up with this for a couple of weeks. The doctor quizzed me, wanting to know if I had possibly passed out, fainted , or what ever old people do.

    I said no, I just went brain dead for a second.

    I guess I have to be more careful.

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    Thankful it wasnít more serious.

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    This is when we start paying back for back when we were fit & our bones didn't creak hardly at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kielly View Post
    This is when we start paying back for back when we were fit & our bones didn't creak hardly at all.
    As hard as I landed, I am surprise I didnít sustain a fracture. The X Rayed it and the bone looked ok.

    Considering all of the things I have done to myself through the years that resulted in being banged up pretty bad, it would be rather anti climatic to die from a bump on the head because I tripped over something.

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    It could have been worse

    At least it wasn't your trigger finger.

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    And for us old dogs, they don't worry about making pretty stitches. Dr. Frankenstein made nicer stitches than that!

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    Smile Boo Boo..... lol.....

    Quote Originally Posted by jackie schmidt View Post
    Yesterday, I was looking through our material supply, and somehow tripped over a piece. I could not avoid the fall and landed on a piece of steel, putting a 3 inch long gash in my forearm. I knew emmediatly that this was going to take more than a band aid.

    Anyway, my brother wrapped a rag around my arm with duct tape, rushed me to the local urgent care, they cleaned it and stitched it it.

    I may be getting dumber as I get older. One miss step and now I gotta put up with this for a couple of weeks. The doctor quizzed me, wanting to know if I had possibly passed out, fainted , or what ever old people do.

    I said no, I just went brain dead for a second.

    I guess I have to be more careful.

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    Glad your going to be ok Champ........

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    Yeah, donít ever tell them you passed out first. Thatís another set of tests and another doctor or three. Youíd never know it to look at my pretty face but Iíve had over a hundred stitches in it from my hockey playing days. Scars heal up better than you think.
    The reason we get hurt as old timers is because weíre doing things the way we used to do it and we canít think as fast as we used to and the reflexes arenít as quick as they used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBecigneul View Post
    we canít think as fast as we used to
    Speak for yourself. Hereabouts, you can't get your driver's license renewed if you have type 2 diabetes & are on meds without a letter from your doctor. But if you don't take them the day you apply, you can honestly say your treating yourself diet only ...........

    You don't get old by being conformist.

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    Damn, Jackie....glad you didn't break your arm. You're likely more pizzed off about it than anything!

    Good shootin'. -Al

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    Glad you're OK Jackie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBecigneul View Post
    Yeah, donít ever tell them you passed out first. Thatís another set of tests and another doctor or three. .
    Yeh, the attending doctor was hinting that perhaps she should schedule a MRI. I said politely as I could that was not going to happen.

    I'm not ready for the "big three" just yet.

    Depends, catheters, and walk in bath tubs.

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    I'm in my 75 th year

    and I've noticed every time I visit a Dr I am asked if I've had any falls. I haven't in a long time but I found a few years ago if my heels get up against something solid my body automatically wants me to fall backwards. Had that happen several times before I figured out what was going on. I''ve also noticed I am terribly uneasy on ladders of all kinds. I still climb them but my sense of coordination isn't very good on them. I am able to walk fine and have no hip or knee issues.

    I think there comes a time when we simply need to realize we need to stop doing a lot of things we use to do and let the "New Order" do them. A friend has nearly killed himself twice ( big Hospital time both times) trying to do what he use to do. I realize the guy in our heads still thinks he's 30 something but that guy is a liar. There are things I could still do that I pay others to do because I know I shouldn't be doing them any more. I want to be able to keep my driving license for as long as I'm safe to drive and give the medical community no excuse to alter that plan.

    Also my manual dexterity is waning. I can still wrench things but being able to start nuts and screws in the blind is challenging now. AND How it came apart, FORGETABOUTIT! Smart phone cameras to the rescue but it's disheartening.

    My advice; accept ones condition and situation in life and acct appropriately. Realize we are nearing the end and find things we can safely do and let go.

    Pete

    P.S. I've been retired about 10 years and it's been the best ten years of my life. Every now and again I think, I could get a little job but I know I am not fit to do anything I would like to do for work so I turn to my workshop and do something for me instead, even if it is useless. When I was about to retire, I asked my financial adviser when he thought the right time to retire was and he said, "The Minute you can". I think it was darn good advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kielly View Post
    Speak for yourself. Hereabouts, you can't get your driver's license renewed if you have type 2 diabetes & are on meds without a letter from your doctor. But if you don't take them the day you apply, you can honestly say your treating yourself diet only ...........

    You don't get old by being conformist.
    The first law of life is that you don't get old by being stupid.

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    big three

    Jackie, I had to use the big three for a while and I was 38. Thank God, I don't need to anymore, just the walk in shower with a seat. I aint tough enough for that cath deal. good luck, Doug

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