Yesterday marked another event in my sojourn through this ever changing life, like sands through the Hourglass another year trickled by into my 65th year.
I had a busy itinerary, so prepared for an interesting and productive day. First on the agenda was a visit to my acupuncturist who is also my Physiotherapist, in her offices I undergo the titillating enjoyment of needles inserted down my spinal area.
Twenty years in the Army has left me with compressed fractures of the spine, namely the discs, these occasionally cause severe muscle spasms down my back, I still have full mobility, but have to be aware of every movement I make, the acupuncture does relieve the symptoms, without it I end up on pain killers which can be addictive.
After a brief interlude in my exciting birthday agenda, the next port of call was to my local GP, this was a lengthy consultation dealing with a couple of matters.
First one was an inspection of my arm and hand, due to the fact of having a spiral fracture in the hand, necessitating four weeks wearing a back slab caster.
The story behind the fractured hand began about four weeks ago, a beautiful sunny Saturday morning when I decided to pay a visit to an old friend, he being a GP also but retired, he used to be my Doctor when he was practising, now this friend is an avid table tennis player, so subsequently a friendly game was in progress, needless to say my agility is not as it used to be, the ball went one way, the bat another, and I ended up on my back trying to use my hand for support, hence the back slab and pain killers.
A visit to his nurse ensued with the back slab being tightened and readjusted.
Not wanting to waste time, we decided to deal with the next problem in my litany of health problems, this being an irrigation of both ears, a problem I have had for many years diagnosed as high tone deafness, another legacy of my Army days in Vietnam.
Task accomplished, and one more visit to the Doctor for a referral to the hand physiotherapist, apart from all that I am fit.
Arrived home by late morning for the next appointment, a home visit from the in home care providers, this was to see if I needed any help on the home front in regards to my back and hand, apart from organizing further appointments, all was in order.
By this time of the day it was coming on to late afternoon, with one stop for Ana to buy me a birthday present, a lovely bottle of Mercedes Benz after shave, definitely only a couple of drops required I found out, it actually made me smell like Pepe Le Pew, who had been rolling around on an after shave factory floor for a few weeks, thanks Ana, I will only use it for special occasions and Mass on Sundays.
Finally to top off my birthday celebrations was a visit from my beautiful two grand children, Cameron aged three and Maddison aged two, both bringing a lovely birthday cake, after blowing out the candles, Maddison had to have it done a few times, we enjoyed the cake.
It’s an indescribable feeling having two beautiful grand children sitting on your knee, both at the talking stage, and both singing happy birthday and telling you all their story’s
So that concluded my Birthday, after they had gone I sat back with a quiet beer and contemplated the upsides and downsides of growing old, I came to the conclusion there is no downside, with old age I have made new friends throughout the medical and Para medical profession, friends I wouldn’t have met in my younger days, just a fact of life, nowadays I sometimes think I could qualify as a GP with the knowledge I have learnt.
And the other upside of aging is the gift of two beautiful grandchildren, little children who give you the pleasure of sharing their life.
Cheers for now and take care, off to have my Chiropodist appointment tomorrow, one always has something to do when they age gracefully.