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Vigo PowerDork
10/12/16 7:32 a.m.

I'm putting myself through something like an early mid-life crisis (at 32) over worry about my physical future. No need for the details as they will not impress many who have suffered through more in their early lives. It's been strange trying to explain my reasoning to people my own age (or younger) but so far the older people i've talked to about it have told me it was smart to think this way while i still have the body i do.

Nice article, thanks!

Ovid_and_Flem Reader
10/12/16 8:07 a.m.

I've led a life pretty adventurous. With the exception of approximately 23 broken bones over a 50 year span I've never been really sick. Butt in my mid-twenties I've developed high blood pressure. I ignored it because I felt fine and didn't want to take the medication that caused certain ahem side effects are my social life so to speak. About three years ago I woke up feeling like I had slept wrong on my left side. I figured I would just walk it off. It was not until later that afternoon that I couldn't speak or move my left side. Damn! I had a stroke caused by years of ignoring the blood pressure. During that time I had find heart rate, low cholesterol, no chest pains, Etc. By the time I got the hot to the hospital it was too late to give me the clot-busting drugs and the damage was done.

Over time the side effects of the blood pressure problem that I ignored that caused my heart to enlarge and the valves to start leaking causing a clot that went to my brain. With several months physical therapy I have regained a good bit of function in my left side but it affect me to the point that I can barely drive a manual transmission car or ride my motorcycles because my left leg won't cooperate.

Let this be a warning. Don't ignore high blood pressure. None of you want to have a stroke and spend the rest of your life dragging a dead leg around/b]

outasite Reader
10/12/16 9:01 a.m.

Went in for my annual checkup. My doctor is going over results informing me everything looks great and I am in good shape. He opens my folder and looks at first page and hesitates. I asked why and he told he saw I was 50 and said it will be downhill from here. Luckily, downhill eventually started around 60. However, my mind still thinks I'm in my 20s.

PT_SHO New Reader
6/8/18 10:58 a.m.

In reply to outasite :

Found this thread from one of their mail links.  Timely, so to speak.  Even if the thread's a coupla years old.

FWIW the average lifespan, 72, is counting from birth.  If you go to the "Actuarial Life Table" at Social Security, you will find that once you made it to, for instance uh, 62, you've avoided dying up until now.  That's actually important! smiley And your average lifespan at this point is 20 add'l years.  Depends on all of those items the other posters mentioned, including whether you made a good choice of parents.

Your mileage (age-age?) may vary.  My goal is to make it to 90 and still be enjoying it.  So far, so good!

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette UltraDork
6/8/18 11:53 a.m.
outasite said:
GTXVette wrote: I was shown a way to judge Life/work ability a while back and didn't pay much Heed to it until a few years ago. Take out your tape mesure and extend it to 72 inches ( current avg.lifespan )now stand at what equals your current Age,and count how many inches are left, Kinda Eye Opening.

I didn't need to read this.

You gotta raise your hands like a Jesus Christ but have a 60 by 76 inch piece of window film in your hand begging for your helper to spray faster !!!!   Geting old  is  not  for cry babies but lQQk around seee who have not had the chance ...  

iceracer UltimaDork
6/8/18 1:23 p.m.

I've been fortunate and had a lot of fun but damn I hate to see it coming to an end.

stroker UltraDork
6/9/18 7:42 a.m.
iceracer said:

I've been fortunate and had a lot of fun but damn I hate to see it coming to an end.



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