Saturday, August 06, 2016

Good bye stamina

I used to believe that 80 years made a person really old! Now that I have almost reached 80 years myself, I do not believe that anymore.

However, I have to admit to you, that in the last few months I have slid down into old age like crazy! My neurologist and my primary care doctor at Kaiser are still looking to find out what is going wrong with me. So far, no diagnosis has been made. That means, no treatment found either. Whatever it is, I am greatly affected in almost everything that I do.

The symptoms that are most difficult for me are:
  • Stability while standing and walking. Especially when it dark.
  • Lack of stamina.
Dating is a problem too. What lady wants to date a guy who is unstable when she is walking next to him? I dropped something on the floor of a store that my lady friend and I were in together, and she bent over to pick it up herself. "No, no, I'll  get it.", she told me. She was concerned about what could happen if I went to get the dropped item myself.  

Don't get me wrong. I am glad that my lady friend is sensitive to what is going on with me. But, my condition limits our relationship. I believe that anything that happens between us will "top out" at just being friends. When I'd like more.

12 noon - At Denny's
I have eaten breakfast here at Denny's and wrote this Blog post here too. Next I am going to the YMCA to workout.

I have never run out of energy to do my exercise routine at the YMCA. Maybe that's because I exercise for only one hour? Or maybe because I only do about 10 to 20 minutes of cardio on the treadmill?

Golfing
I have not gone golfing since this health thing really set in. I do not have the stamina anymore to do a round of golf.  Even when I travel the course in an electric cart!


4pm - Blog post from YMCA
I decided to drive my electric bike to the YMCA because it occurred to me that I am very stable when riding the bike. I only suffer from instability when I am standing on my feet, or walking. When I am sitting down, as I do when biking, I have no problem at all with instability.

This is a very good thing for me to understand. I have greatly missed driving on my bike since I gave that up several weeks ago.

BTW:
A complete set of exercises doing my routine takes a little over one hour to complete. That's five minutes on each machine and ten minutes aerobic [treadmill and stationary bike].

Also, I do some miscellaneous exercises for small muscles in my back and forearms. Keeps those small muscles pain free! 😛


Shopping experience
When I came home from shopping at the Vons Grocery near my apartment, I looked over the receipt and noticed Bistro Chicken Salad @ $3.99 for 6.25 Oz.

So, I entered Bistro in Google and came up with $2.98 for the same item, same size at the Wal*Mart near me. Hmmmmm!?



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18 comments:

  1. George:
    I'm 84 and last year I started to experience the same things you are. My Doctors found l have a inter ear out of balance, that's why I'm unsteady, and unable to walk without using my surroundings to know if I'm upright. I also have have foot drop, that's why I'm always stubbing my toes, I have braces on both feet.
    I've follow your blog for many years, and can not tell you how much I enjoy them. When you stopped them for a while, I really missed them.
    My God bless us both.
    Wayne.


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    1. Hi Wayne,
      It is BIG compliment to me that you missed my blog. I am very delighted to be back and Blogging daily.

      My inner was checked for issues a couple of times. And whatever is causing my instability does not come from an ear problem. I wish it did. Because an inner ear thing could be easily fixed.

      George
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  2. Most of us get great satisfaction out of helping others. If your medical conditions were reversed and your lady friend dropped something, would you quickly pick it up? Would you think less of her because she dropped it? I suspect not. I also suspect she feels the same.
    Helping others is why volunteering is so popular; it just makes us feel good.

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    1. Hi Ed,
      I agree completely with what you commented.

      Did you read in my blog post [above] the paragraph which begins with "Don't get me wrong".....?

      George
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  3. Just keep plugging away at it George. Okay, you have to stop and take a breather, then you get right back at it.

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    1. Hi Judy,
      I am following your advice. Winston Churchill talked about "keep on buggering on...." during the 2nd World War. Although he may not have used the word, "buggering". 😳

      George
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  4. Hang in there Jorge. Being a little unstable sure beats the alternative of not being. Bill's 87 year old brother just had a shoulder replacement. His significant other called us to tell us. She is only 60 something.

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    1. Hi Carol & Bill !
      Thanks, Carol. I am hanging in. And there is something I'd like you to know!!

      I am sleeping much better than ever before. My doctor prescribed "TRAZODONE". I got 7-hours sleep last nite.

      First time sleeping that long in one nite since I was 15 years old. 😀

      George
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  5. Have you read Driving Miss Norma https://www.facebook.com/DrivingMissNorma/?fref=ts
    She is 91, they told her she had cancer and she said crap to treatment and hit the road in an RV with relatives.

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    1. Hi Mister Ed,
      If I am a "sly little devil", would you please clue me in on what I wrote to let you know?

      George
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    2. Don't get me wrong. I am glad that my lady friend is sensitive to what is going on with me. But, my condition limits our relationship. I believe that anything that happens between us will "top out" at just being friends. When I'd like more. in the last four words on the paragraph that you wroteDon't get me wrong. I am glad that my lady friend is sensitive to what is going on with me. But, my condition limits our relationship. I believe that anything that happens between us will "top out" at just being friends. When I'd like more.
      It was a romantic joke reference to the last four words in the paragraph that you wrote

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  7. George, I have the same problems as you, and I am 78, so I guess its old age

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    1. Hi Ted,
      You could be correct.

      "BUT" I just recently started using Trazodone for insomnia. And now I am sleeping 7-8 hours every nite. Used to be only 3 hours each nite.

      Right after I began with Trazodone, the twitch in my hand and arm cleared up. That twitch is gone, gone, gone!

      How could this cure be explained?

      George
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  8. You should try stem cell rejuvenation. My doctor recommended it for me to revitalize and bring me energy and stamina. Here in Mexico it has a cost of $200 dollars per treatment once a year. I will be doing it next month. They take fat cells from around your belly button and put them in a centrifuge, then inject them into specific areas or your blood stream.

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    1. Hi LBDinMexico,
      I've just made a note to myself to research stem cell therapy for myself.

      Thank you,
      George
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  9. Consider taking Choline 500mg. Read about it, and it's benefits. It is sort of a member of the B family.

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    1. Hi MCA,
      I just ordered some from Wal*Mart. $9.88 for [100] 500mg.

      Thank you,
      George
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