I saw my physician the other day for my annual checkup and to continue follow up to some chronic issues. We talked about my blood labs and the fact that many of my blood tests were not in the normal range. I am to see my specialist soon to follow up on that. It is a careful dance to balance my blood pressure medications with the other things they seem to effect.
I said I need to finish all my follow up with all the specialists soon as I don’t like to drive in the winter months and I will be going away for more than a month after the holidays. She looked a bit surprised by that and asked who would be on call to handle problems with dad. I told her I would come back if something serious happened but in the meantime my son also is a health care surrogate for dad. That made her feel better as she pointed out that dad is in his mid-90’s now and anything could happen at any time.
She then mentioned that I seem much less stressed about dad than I was a year ago. I said yes, he has been gaining weight and I have more things settled in a routine now that he has been here well over a year. He hasn’t suffered any serious illness lately and I am more relaxed when I don’t get all those emergency telephone calls.
As we concluded our conversation I said I was still concerned about the blood tests and would try moving my next specialist appointment closer so I can start any follow up tests and procedures before the weather gets bad. She ended with a comment that has been running through my mind ever since I left her office.
She said I shouldn’t worry because after all “Your health is very good for your age.” OK. So I felt like I just aged 10 or 20 years with that one remark! Honestly I would like to stabilize my health for this age and the next 20 years or more! I’m older than I used to be, and I’m retired now but I’m not that old!