This post is by Joe Stephens
One of the joys of getting a little older is that feel more comfortable in my skin. Things that used to bother me just don’t seem all that important anymore. I’m finally feeling self-actualized, at least some of the time. I wrote a post yesterday for my personal blog about my bucket list and, frankly, I had trouble coming up with many items to put on it.
But this spiritual and mental comfort has been offset by some of the physical struggles that come with getting older. The biggest one for me right now is acid reflux. It’s gotten to the point where I have a Pinterest board for nothing but reflux home remedies. And I have to say, some of them have actually helped. I seem to have it at least mostly under control, but I’ve had to alter my diet pretty drastically. The good news is that the foods I can eat, while nutritious, are boring enough that I don’t really want to overindulge. And who knew chewing gum after each meal and making sure not to lie down for three hours after eating could make so much difference?
Then there’s my knee. My doctor says it’s arthritic and I will likely need a new one sometime. There’s good news on this front too, though, because the steroid shot seems to be helping it a good bit. It hurt me a little last night, but that was because I did a pretty strenuous 4-mile walk yesterday afternoon. But it hasn’t bothered me today. Before I got this shot, I would have been crippled for days after a walk like that.
Even though I seem to be coping well with these issues, it’s just the fact that I have to that’s galling. Just when I’m getting to point in my life where I can financially and emotionally enjoy my life, I have to deal with physical issues. I know that my ailments are nothing compared to many and I’m grateful to have the health that I have. But it’s aggravating nonetheless to have to constantly think about whether I should try that food or whether my knee is going to hold up to that exercise.
I guess life’s a trade-off. When you’re young and mindless, you have your health because, well, you’re too mindless to take care of it. Partly because of what you did when you were young, but mainly because it’s just the normal cycle of life, that health starts to erode, but it happens after you’ve grown up enough to take care of yourself a little more wisely.
Any of you facing these issues? How are you dealing with them?
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