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Mon Jan 9, 2023, 07:44 AM

I feel like there should be a 60,000 mile tune-up available for humans.

I'm going in for an abdominal hernia operation today, the result of the laparoscopic prostatectomy five years ago (Not malpractice, just aging muscles giving way).
I've been told by my ophthalmologist that cataract surgery is on the horizon - "I can give you the most perfect glasses in the world, but if the windows are dirty, they aren't going to help. You're past 70. Things fall off and don't work as well". Just my luck to get an ironic French doctor.
The little 'taches' (actinic keratoses) on my forehead are going to have to come off.
And let's not even go on about the 'stress urination' when sneezing or laughing due to the lack of a second washer which came out when the prostate came out.
It would be great if we could get a tune up at 50 to keep this crap from happening.

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Reply I feel like there should be a 60,000 mile tune-up available for humans. (Original post)
GoneOffShore Jan 9 OP
chia Jan 9 #1
MiHale Jan 9 #2
Historic NY Jan 9 #20
MiHale Jan 9 #26
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #36
KarenS Jan 9 #3
Walleye Jan 9 #6
Walleye Jan 9 #4
PatSeg Jan 9 #14
Walleye Jan 9 #15
PatSeg Jan 9 #24
Walleye Jan 9 #25
bottomofthehill Jan 9 #5
lambchopp59 Jan 9 #7
twodogsbarking Jan 9 #8
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #34
twodogsbarking Jan 11 #38
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #39
Turbineguy Jan 9 #9
onethatcares Jan 9 #10
Earth-shine Jan 9 #11
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #35
Ferrets are Cool Jan 9 #12
AverageOldGuy Jan 9 #13
3Hotdogs Jan 9 #16
LittleGirl Jan 9 #17
HAB911 Jan 9 #18
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #37
barbtries Jan 9 #19
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #33
barbtries Jan 11 #40
milestogo Jan 9 #21
CousinIT Jan 9 #22
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #32
yellowdogintexas Jan 9 #23
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #31
yellowdogintexas Jan 12 #42
jimlup Jan 9 #27
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #30
LudwigPastorius Jan 10 #28
GoneOffShore Jan 11 #29
friend of a friend Jan 11 #41

Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 07:54 AM

1. Wishing you the best outcomes for all these things.

No one knows, when theyíre young, what lies in wait for them when theyíre older. 🫠

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 08:05 AM

2. I'm in a ongoing competition with my car...

a 2004 Chevy Suburban to see who ďrusts outĒ first. We both leave body parts by the side of the road.

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Response to MiHale (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 10:39 AM

20. LOL I had a 2000 the brakes lines rusted out and they (GM) said it was Northeast Weather...

Meanwhile in 2022 I'm recuperating from a busted up shoulder operation in Sept to repair it. Who knew my PT was a physical terrorist.
And in the process of the surgery I spent 2 1/2 hours in a cardiac cath lab where they fixed a deadly blockage and actually restored a normal rhythm that I never had. The Dr. said we have parts to fix things. Meanwhile, I have a lot of extra things that potentially will drive TSA nuts at the airport.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #20)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 01:05 PM

26. Hip replacement...

Aortic Aneurysm fixed, quad by-pass, cataracts out.

CarÖreplaced the whole compartment where you put gas into canít remember the name, disabled ABA cause it works that way, tire pressure sensor quirky, headliner saggy, car had cataracts Öreplaced headlights.

List it out I think Iím ahead! 😂😂😂

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Response to MiHale (Reply #26)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 11:03 AM

36. Sounds like the car is nickel and diming you. Good luck.

Our 2009 Renault just passed its inspection, so it's good for another two years.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 08:07 AM

3. Good luck to you with your health!

If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.

Don't know who said it, but I live it each day I am 73 btw.

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Response to KarenS (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 08:14 AM

6. You said a truth there, sister. They promised us a nuclear holocaust, instead we lived to be old

Like I said, not that Iím complaining. My mom died at age 70 of colon cancer. My boyfriend of 30 years, heart attack, age 69. Yet life goes on

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 08:11 AM

4. Don't know how many times I've compared my body to an aging car

I have had cars with hundred thousand miles on them. I know if you get one thing fixed another major thing goes wrong. Now Iím 73, Iíve had breast cancer, Iím going to the dentist today probably have to get a molar extracted, chronic sinusitis is driving me crazy, and my right shoulder is completely gone out of commission. Already had both knees totally replaced 10 years ago. But who is complaining? What worries me is I will look back on this, if I live long enough, as the good old days. So we have to accept the fact itís all repair and maintenance from now on and thatís if weíre lucky

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Response to Walleye (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 09:57 AM

14. Yes, I've compared my body

to an aging car many times as well. I don't think anything quite prepared me for it. Some things can be tweaked and tuned, but others just aren't going to ever work quite right again no matter what is done. Not everything can be "fixed", only maintained somewhat.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #14)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 10:00 AM

15. So sad and so true. We boomers just kind of flung our bodies around

They say you gotta pay for your sins

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Response to Walleye (Reply #15)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 11:47 AM

24. And in the end,

no matter what you did or didn't do, age will catch up with you. We all have an expiration date give or take a few years.

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Response to PatSeg (Reply #24)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 11:55 AM

25. I often think that it is that awareness of our own mortality that makes us human

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 08:14 AM

5. I am with you.

I feel broken. It is getting harder and harder to get up and go.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 08:39 AM

7. In my sing-songy voice: "That's why I'm retiring soon".

It's to the point I have to drag a whole big bag of geezer supplies with me to work. Soon as my truck's paid off it's time to collect my SSRI before these republican fux steal it all.
I'm fortunate to have found a gig that's mostly just "duty time". I couldn't handle most of the gigs I've worked in the past anymore. Hoping to high hell my next surgery doesn't involve major component excision. But my surgeon has permission to proceed on the spot if scoped findings are ominous. He knows I want to limit the number of times I'm knocked out. I seem to get really post-anesthesia wacky for a few weeks anymore.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 08:51 AM

8. Better health care in America.

Had hernia surgery six weeks ago. Nerve pain is gone, I think.
Hang in.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 10:59 AM

34. Let's see, two nights in hospital, surgery, anesthesia, visiting nurse to change dressings,

Ambulance home, pain meds - total cost around 1200Ä of which I will most likely get 600Ä back.

I was lucky, I didn't have nerve pain, I just looked the Alien was about to pop out. Now my shirts are going to fit better.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #34)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 11:13 AM

38. I had terrific care. Everyone was great. Should be that way for all.

The OR was the brightest thing I ever saw. All 30 seconds.

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Response to twodogsbarking (Reply #38)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 11:19 AM

39. Yep. My OR had windows. And I only saw the anesthesia techs.

The surgeon visited me in the evening.

And everyone was fabulous - well, there was one Nurse Ratchet, but I only saw her at the end of her shift, and then never again.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 08:56 AM

9. My body is festooned with scars

I don't need tattoos, I have surgeons' initials carved all over.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 08:58 AM

10. I was going to add to this

but I can't remember what I was going to add...

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 09:15 AM

11. Sometime after turning 45, coughing, sneezing, pissing, and sh*ting

ceased to be separate activities.

One activity can immediately trigger the others.

I leave you all with these words of wisdom handed down to me by someone older and wiser than I, never trust a fart.

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Response to Earth-shine (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 11:01 AM

35. Indeed. And I don't.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 09:21 AM

12. 50 was great....it didn't really hit me until I turned 60.

I am very fortunate that everything is still working pretty good, but damn, it certainly is harder to get around now.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 09:55 AM

13. I'm with you, bro' !!!

Getting old is not for sissies.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 10:06 AM

16. I have the T shirt you have probably seen advertised: "Made in the 40's, original parts.

Most still work."

I turned 80 in October. Everything, except cataract lenses are original. Never had surgery for anything else. Never missed a day at school (pissed off my teachers). Never missed a day of work. Still hiking 3 or 4 times a week.

If I keeled over tomorrow, I would say my body gave me a good trip.

SO...

I show up at primary office for covid. I have it, but not severe. Been going there for 25 years or so.

Conversations and instructions end and he starts to walk out the door. Then he stops and turns to me.

"You're my hero. If I make 80, I wanna be in the shape you're in."


Even though it is genetics and I had/have no control over it, I felt a little glow of pride.






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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 10:29 AM

17. I have surgery scheduled in 2 weeks

I was born with one of those gene mutations that has kept me going to doctors since I was a child. Now over 60, I had a tooth pulled last month, two more planned after a new bridge molded, lumpectomy last year and surgery coming for my torn tendon. The pain started in March (many moons ago from gardening) and itís finally getting done this month. Thank goodness I have hubby to help me recover. Otherwise Iíd be in rehab for weeks.

As a woman, I have been blown off and discounted all of those years! Iím fed up. I donít trust any of them because one bad move, one overlooked action and I could be dead.

Iíve used the 100k mile inspection fail just last week. Hubby laughed.

I hope everything goes well for you.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 10:39 AM

18. I'm right there with you

At least we can revel in having the best medical system in the world

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 11:04 AM

37. And that's one of the reason's I moved to France.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 10:39 AM

19. look at it this way:

you're just getting tuned up.

i have a litany of crap too. when the vitreous in my right eye detached last year, I asked the doctor, "this happened because I'm old, right?" and he said, "you're not old (I was not quite 67 at the time), you're getting old. And yes, that's why this happened."

I was just commiserating with my sister yesterday about all this crap that comes with age. She has Alzheimer's and doesn't think about the little stuff anymore. She's lost her ability to drive a car or live independently, and now, she can think something and in the amount of time for the thought to get out her mouth, it's gone. Our conversations are interspersed with long silences as she tries to recover what it was she was just about to say. Often, she says, "nope. it's gone."

all a matter of perspective. Hope your surgery goes well and is successful. My surgery for kidney stones is Friday and I'm kinda nervous about it, but I have a super bug and it's thought that this multi drug resistant e coli is being seeded by these stones. Hopefully it allows for a cure.

goin' in for a tune up.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 10:53 AM

33. Back home, surgery was successful. Good luck on Friday.

I spent two nights in hospital, which wasn't bad, except for the food.

And sorry to hear about your sister. That's a tough thing to happen.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #33)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 12:12 PM

40. thanks goneoffshore!

I'm glad your tuneup was successful. Hopefully mine will be as well and I'll be able to clear the infection for once and all.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 10:52 AM

21. You go to the doctor to talk about one issue that's bothering you

and then they find five other things during the exam and workup.

And you come home from the doctor with homework about changing your lifestyle.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 10:58 AM

22. I was diagnosed with cataracts justs over 55. Consider yourself lucky on that. n/t

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #22)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 10:51 AM

32. I do. And now that the other surgery is done, I'll get on the cataracts.Probably have to wait though

I'm in France, after all.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 11:31 AM

23. "If you live long enough you will have everything "

A physician friend said this to me many years ago.

How long it takes you to have everything depends on:
1. Your gender
2. Your gene pool
3. How well you have taken care of yourself.

Obviously men do not have hysterectomies and women do not have prostate disorders Other than that anything goes.

Just turned 74 and so far only cataracts, and a hysterectomy about 28 years ago. At least as far as serious stuff goes. Since my grandmother lived to be 102 and all but one of her siblings lived up into their 80s I hope my gene pool leans toward that side of my family!


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Response to yellowdogintexas (Reply #23)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 10:49 AM

31. Ah yes, the gene pool lottery. I think I've come out pretty well on that score.

Paternal grandmother lasted into her 90's, and my maternal grandmother was too mean to die early.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Reply #31)

Thu Jan 12, 2023, 03:10 PM

42. my paternal grandmother lived to 102

Her hair was still dark, she had all of her teeth and was still in possession of her faculties. She had macular degeneration though; that is the one part of that gene pool I would pass on.


my maternal grandmother died of cancer in 1944. Cancer gallops in that part of my family

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 11:41 PM

27. At 65 I have bad news...

I had the same surgery at 60 but since then I've had a hip replacement. My other hip is now going too so I'm looking at a 2nd hip replacement in the next two years, maybe sooner....

Sigh!

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Response to jimlup (Reply #27)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 10:47 AM

30. I don't have any issues with my hips, so that's a good thing. And I'm doing nothing about the knees

Because they work, and I don't want to chance screwing them up.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Tue Jan 10, 2023, 12:48 AM

28. You should have gotten the undercoating/extended warranty package.

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Response to LudwigPastorius (Reply #28)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 10:45 AM

29. I asked about that, and they said that since I was over 50 I couldn't get it.

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Response to GoneOffShore (Original post)

Wed Jan 11, 2023, 12:21 PM

41. I just checked my list of health problems on the VA Healthcare.

I was surprised to see only 53 things listed.

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