Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Doctor appointment

I've made an appointment with my primary care doctor for the purpose of evaluating my medical prescriptions and vitamin supplements. I'm hoping that my doctor can inform me about possible side effects from these pills that may cause my instability when walking.

But, I have to admit to you that I do not have much hope for my doctor finding anything. My instability may be something that has come to me by way of the aging process.

Yesterday a comment from Reader "Bill in Chico" stated much the same conclusion. Bill wrote that he is beginning to "feel subtle changes in my balance." Bill just turned 81.

Bill's advice: "Hang in there! This ain't for sissies!"

Frustrating results
There are many frustrating results in these physical changes that I am experiencing. Some of these are:

  • I spill drinks. The reduction in physical coordination combined with loss of control of my right hand results in spilled drinks. When spilling drinks first began for me, I chalked it up to accidents. Now I know that these spills are not accidents.
  • Clumsy feet. My feet don't move right which means stubbed toes. And feet catching on a chair leg as I am passing, resulting in a tumble.
  • Darkness means being unstable. When I was younger, stability came from senses. But now, stability is visual. When I am in the dark, I walk like a drunk person.
  • Takes longer to do stuff. When I was out in my balcony garden this afternoon, it took me about three hours doing gardening chores that should have been done in 1/2 hour or less. Everything takes longer now. 

Sitting down
When I am sitting down, I feel as though I can do everything that I used to without these physical challenges. I have no aches or pains. It's only when I stand up and walk around, that sometimes, things get really difficult for me. And that is a really frustrating part of this stuff. I don't feel sick. But I am.

I guess that I think of this old age business as being sick. Weird, huh?

Uplifting YouTube video
I ran across the YouTube video below and it felt really uplifting for me listening to it.

It is titled: "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, "Carousel."



  1. I am frustrated for you. I have had your sort of symptoms since my 20's. I sure wasn't getting old then! For me, I had a whole collection of autoimmune diseases with neurological components. I was eventually diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and myasthenia gravis, etc. Then in 2012, to add to that, I got West Nile Virus. I live in a senior apartment building and see first hand that there are many folks into their 80's and 90's who never get the sort of neurological problems I have had most of my life. Please, do not give up looking for answers. I have had symptoms like you describe for decades and am very harsh with myself...because I think I should be keeping up with the rest of the world...but I can't. Even though I sure don't want you to be suffering, your experiences have made me feel better about myself. I shouldn't feel so guilty about symptoms not under my control. When you have them, it disrupts your life and you don't like it. It's OK for me to not like it for either one of us! There are many of us who care about you. I hope some doc can figure out what's going on.

    1. Dear Wendy,
      After reading your comment, I clicked on your name and watched your video. You are an incredibly courageous person!

      To have suffered, as you have, for so long! Wow! You are my hero.


  2. Good morning, George. As long as you remember that you will never walk alone!!

    I do hope the doctors can help you out.
    I can relate to the business of age-related maladies. The surprising thing to me is that it seems the balance, clumsiness,, etc, have come upon you in a short period of time. I am 73. Husband is 83. We have been experiencing the same problems. Doors that we have used for years have suddenly become narrower! We bump into furniture regularly. It is not unusual to drop something AGAIN after we have already retrieved it once! Mopping up spills is a daily occurrence. I wouldn't think of wearing shoes that expose my toes. It is too easy to stumble and fall. As to walking in the dark--- i just don't do it. Sleep with night lights. I noticed last night that--in years past I would turn off the light and walk across the room with a hot drink on my way to bed. Not so now, I take the drink to where it is going, and make a trip back to turn off the overhead light. Walkway has night lights.
    From reading many blogs, I have learned that these are symptoms of our aging process.

    The problems with your right hand, arm, and your hip problem yesterday at Walmart are a different story altogether. Seems like the doctors should really look into those issues.

    You know that we are walking with you; please keep us up in the loop here. We care.

    1. Hi RNR,
      A short amount of time this has come to my life? Yes, my entire physical life is plunging downward. Happening fast!

      I guess this can happen. Some people are just going along doing stuff. One second they are there. The next second they are lying on the floor not breathing anymore.

      By your comment, I see that we have much in common.


  3. George, if you don't already, would you consider using a cane or walker ?

  4. George. What you're experiencing beats the alternative. It's part of life and in that regard you can decide how to deal with it. Calling it a sickness is not really correct. It's aging and we all have to go through it. You are NOT alone.

    1. Hi Don,
      Good advice for me, Don!

      When I referred to what is ailing me as a sickness, that was really a hope. If it were actually a sickness, there might be a cure. I understand this is an unlikely thing to happen in my situation.



  5. George...From experience...If the Dr. you are seeing isn't "helping" you...go to a different one. All men are not created equal..ha,ha..Everyone has different skills and experience. Someone else might have different ideas about what's wrong.

    1. Hi Barb,
      Thank you for helping me with your experience about doctors.

      I have two doctors involved with what is ailing me. One is my primary care doctor. The second doctor is a specialist in neurology.

      Right now, I feel neither of these doctors deserve a "not helping" tag. It is too early for that. My symptoms have progressed so fast. I've not completely informed my doctors about what is going on.

      However, I have an appointment with my primary set for tomorrow. And I will reveal all about what I am going thru at that meeting.