Getting older…

…is not for the faint of heart!

I turn 54 years old in just a couple of hours, and this week has been full of reminders of aging.

I went for an audiology test on Monday, because I couldn’t hear at my daughter’s show a couple of weeks ago. We were sitting four rows from the stage, and I had to cup my ear and lean forward to hear the actors. Earlier this week, I sat directly across the room from my friend, and had to sit on the edge of the couch and try to read her lips as she was speaking; I still missed at least 1/4 of what she said. And at Connection Group, when another friend bowed her head, I just “agreed in the Spirit,” since I couldn’t hear a word that was prayed!

The audiologist told me that there might be some physical reasons for my hearing loss, and recommended I see an ENT before continuing with her. Yet still, the graph she documented showed a distinct hearing loss from my last test, about four years ago. And there must be a genetic component, as I think both my dad and grandpa started wearing hearing aids about this time in their lives. Oh, goodie!

In the meantime, my husband just hands me the volume controls each night as we watch Netflix.

Additionally, my back has been hurting for months. It begins as a severe pain every morning when I first get out of bed. Then a month ago, it moved lower in my spine and started causing the sciatic nerve to flare up. Four weeks of increasing chiropractic and massage care hasn’t helped, and today I told my doctor that I couldn’t take the pain anymore. She thinks I should see an orthopedist, to check for a herniated disc. I walk hunched over and leaning to my right side as pain shoots down my left leg and I grasp for the counter so I don’t fall. Should I lean on a cane?

I watch YouTube videos on how to apply makeup tricks to aging skin. But I can’t seem to cover both my dark eye circles and my wrinkles.

I think I need new cheater glasses – my old ones don’t seem to be strong enough, and I can’t read a thing without them. Mostly, I wear them on the top of my head, since I refuse to wear them around my neck. At least I can usually find them, until I’ve laid them down who knows where – I can’t remember where I put them! I keep an extra pair in my purse, on my nightstand, and by my iPad. Still, I find myself looking all over for them when I need to read the instructions for cooking the take-and-bake bread.

I take 6 medications/vitamins in the morning, and 3 more at night. I’ve got my own little pharmacy by my toothbrush.

At least my body is in shape –  after all, round is a shape. right?!

I got my first gray hair when I was 19 years old, but now my whole head is gray.  Good thing it looks like highlights in the short haircut I wear. Just think current Jamie Lee Curtis.

Seriously, aging is not for cowards!

10 thoughts on “Getting older…

  1. Pete April 17, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    Old age definitely isn’t for the weak of heart otherwise our parents would have warned us….. although not much we can do but continue down our road of life.

    I did find on Amazon a headset that allows me to control the volume coming from my TV independently of what everyone else hears.

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    • peggyricewi April 17, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      You’re right about that!
      Ooo, I’ll have to look for that headset! Thanks for the heads up.


  2. Jane E Kelly April 9, 2018 / 9:42 am

    Love our aging phone conversations and laughter. Only way to approach the inevitable process!
    Hope your birthday was awesome like you! And remember, this is the youngest you will ever be so enjoy before you look back and realize how young you were when you said this. It’s all about perspective!

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    • peggyricewi April 9, 2018 / 9:44 am

      Love that! This is the youngest I will ever be again!


  3. kbailey374 April 8, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    I am a la Jamie Lee too, just got the haircut yesterday! Yes Old Timer’s disease has set in here; I just turned 59.

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  4. Julie April 7, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    First of all, Happy Birthday! I hope you were going for humor here because I laughed. The hub and I have set Netflix to display closed captioning. We originally did so when we were watching a Scottish series because he couldn’t always make out the accent, but now we leave it on all the time because, though he won’t admit it, his hearing is shot.

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    • peggyricewi April 7, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      I’m so glad you laughed! I know I don’t always write “funny” but that’s definitely what I was going for😀

      Liked by 1 person

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