Friday, September 17, 2010

The older I get, the more nothing changes

I just had my six-month lab and check-up at the doctor's. This has been my ritual for many years now. They check my weight, take my blood pressure, take my temperature, check my O2 levels and heart rate and then calculate my BMI. What has changed? I've lost some weight, I'm fairly healthy, especially for my age, and my good and bad cholesterol levels are excellent. Not bad for someone who's 68, still working, still active, and eats what she wants. I think I'll live to be 100.

I've given up a lot of my bad habits (except a couple): I quit smoking almost 10 years ago, I don't drink (because of the medication I take), I limit my caffeine intake, I limit desserts and other sweets, and I don't eat in between meals.

I do confess, however, that I'm still overweight because I love to cook and I eat what I cook. Being overweight causes problems, the biggest of all (pardon the pun) is that my joints feel the extra weight.

I try to take each day as it comes. But, I find myself thinking more and more about the past the older I get. This is partly because I'm into genealogy, I'm sentimental, I'm family-oriented, and the older I get, I find that we repeat our mistakes and nothing basically changes.

Being almost 70 has allowed me certain privileges. I find myself having senior moments more and more. When they happen, everyone laughs, including me, but nobody tells me I'm getting old to my face. I can wear panty liners without having to explain why. (I make it a point to know where the nearest bathroom is wherever I am.) I can take off my glasses and lean into my computer screen to see better because my trifocals get in the way and I can't bend my head back far enough anymore.

The best part of getting older is that the grandkids love to sit on grandma because I'm so soft, cuddly, and warm.

They say that 70 is the new 50. Don't believe it. When you get to be 70, you're still 70, and nothing is going to change that. Life goes on, and the older I get, the more nothing changes.



At September 17, 2010 5:44 PM, Blogger said...

Very nice.

At September 20, 2010 5:29 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Congrats on the good report card from your doc! Sounds like you are enjoying your 'old age'! Good to see you blogging again.

At September 20, 2010 6:44 AM, Blogger Motherkitty said...

Thanks, Susan. I think I got "inspired" to put mouse to screen again.

At September 23, 2010 11:29 AM, Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

It's good to see you blogging again because I've missed you. Getting old sucks except for the senior citizen discounts, but I'm glad that we are both pretty healthy except of course for the obvious little weight problem, but like you said, the grandchildren love us this way and we wouldn't want to disappoint them.

At October 10, 2010 5:57 AM, Blogger Alipurr said...

love this post mom...hurray for a great doctor's visit!! very funny cartoons, mom. :)(there was more I was going to say, but don't forget you got my original comments live and in person when I read this post at your house last weekend, hehe) :)


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