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Getting Old-er

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia over 8 years ago. Somewhere along the line I read that people with fibromyalgia actually feel ten years older than they chronologically are. So, that means I’m actually feeling like a 77 year old. Ten years ago having fibromyalgia wasn’t so very bad, but now my body is beginning to feel worse. I have joint pains in most of my joints; I have memory issues and concentration issues. My knees won’t lift me off a chair anymore.

So, what does this mean? It means adjusting. There are adjustments at every stage of life and if I’m at a new stage, it doesn’t mean I should give up. I now use a cane and a walker is waiting in the wings. I read much more slowly and need to keep notes on the characters in the book I’m reading. I keep lists everywhere of the things I need to do and appointments I need to keep.

I visited my daughter in Arkansas a few weeks ago and the flight down knocked out all my energy. I walked between gates carrying my laptop and my CPAP machine (another adjustment). I learned from that experience and asked for a wheelchair (another adjustment) between the gates on the way home. I’m real glad I did. I arrived home with much more energy than when I arrived in Arkansas.

I’m sure there are more adjustments coming at me down the road. I need to be open and ready for them. My adult kids want me to live until I’m 100 years old, especially since they lost their dad to cancer two years ago. I’m going to do my best.
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  • no profile photo CD9786087
    What a great attitude! You are so right it is just adjusting to the changes and moving forward. Not always easy, not always what we would like, but in order to continue to enjoy our life it is necessary! Thanks for pep talk! I needed that! emoticon emoticon
    3072 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    Yes, life does get harder as we get older. I am okay to walk in the house, but sometimes use a walker when going distances. We have to adjust and do the best we can to keep ourselves as healthy as we can. If it means asking for and accepting help, then do so. We must enjoy our lives as much as possible. We only pass this way but once.
    3072 days ago
    Nancy, I am learning that too. Things I used to do automatically, now are really hard to do and am learning it is ok to ask for help. Our bodies tell us what we can and cannot do and if we accept it and still go on we can still be happy--it is up to us. ((HUGS))
    3072 days ago
    Yes life is always about adjustments. If you accept the changes and make the adjustments you will be happier. Fighting them will not help but only hole you back. My parents are in their 90's and have made many adjustment and they are both going strong. Enjoy your life you only get 1 chance at it.
    3072 days ago
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