Living longer means coping with multiple chronic illnesses

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Living longer means coping with multiple chronic illnesses

Postby Richard on November 9th, 2007, 11:31 am

I have been reflecting on this topic.

It is kind of a bummer. And really off topic with BFS. But on the other hand I am trying to realize that if I live long enough I am going to have to deal with multiple health problems.

Why have I been thinking about this?

I was watching Frontline online.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline ... opsis.html

Here is the interesting quote:

Medical advances have enabled an unprecedented number of Americans to live longer, healthier lives. But for millions of elderly, living longer can also mean a debilitating physical decline that often requires an immense amount of care.

My uncle ate bacon and eggs every day. He did road construction. He was out in the hot summer and the cold winter. He died of a heart attack cutting the grass at one of his kids houses. He was 55.

My grandfather died doing woppie with his second wife. Massive heart attack. He was in his early 70s.

BTW I told my wife that is the way I way I want to go.

Well I had a physical two days ago. The doctor wants me to decrease my LDL. He wants me to not eat cheese. I had an EKG and he told me I have the heart of a teenager.

But at some point if I try to be extra healthy my life I am setting myself up for a possible long and painful end of life.

So I hope people don't flame me or get upset. This is just something I have been thinking about.

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Postby lucy on November 9th, 2007, 2:43 pm

Kinda depressing-

Maybe we should see the glass half full?
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Postby Angie on November 9th, 2007, 3:25 pm

Where is Basso when you need him? Living with multiple ailments beats the alternative I would say.

Moderation in all things maybe. Even in cheese and *beep*?

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Postby Chris swl on November 11th, 2007, 10:00 am

Hi
As long as i don't know when i'm going to go, that will do me.

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Postby Angie on November 12th, 2007, 9:40 am

Sometimes getting a chance to say good-bye and to be able say all the lovingly important things we don't seem to say to those we love in everyday life is such a gift. Don't take that for granted.

And my husband made me the best egg sandwich today. It was on a toasetd, buttered English Muffin, with a slice of American Cheese, had some wonderful pesto on it and was cooked to perfection. The yolk was just the way I like it- liquidly delicious.

Enjoy your sandwich and those you love today. :lol:
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Postby Tui on November 18th, 2007, 8:32 pm

I've been thinking about this a lot too and I've come to realise that we've become too precious about our lives.

There are more people on this planet today than ever before, and we live longer than ever before. And yet we freak out about every little thing that happens to us. And only a hundred years ago our predecessors used to pull their own teeth out if they'd hurt and they used to die of simplest colds.

Now we freak out when our kids are riding their bikes without helmets on. I blame the media.

Personaly, I'm not sure if I would want to live to see my 80s. I spoke to this 80 year old woman once who saw a friend of hers go every week. Her advice to me was: "Don't get old"

I know... depressing...
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