Sigh

One of the odder things about getting older is the unexpected — and unanticipated — systems failures you get to experience along the way.

For the past few years I’ve been pretty diligent about going to the gym, at least four times a week and often every day except Sunday. That’s kept me in reasonably good shape, and, in fact, made it easier to do stupid things, like weeding the garden from a stooped position. In fact, I didn’t even think about what I was risking by doing that. At least up until something would give out in my back.

Even with being a slow learner about such things, I eventually realized it’d be better to go back to the “old ways” and sit on the ground while weeding. Problem solved!

So you can imagine my consternation yesterday when, while sitting on the ground weeding, I pulled some grass out and did something so awful to my lower back that even today I’m having trouble with walking, let alone anything more strenuous. And it wasn’t even a deeply-rooted clump of grass!

Sheesh. Where’s the warranty on this thing??? 🙂

It’s Not Just the Gut that Expands

Growing older is not for the faint of heart. But it can be confusing at times. As I relearned the other day while shopping for hiking shoes.

I know, and am familiar with, presbyopia, hearing loss (both acuteness and focusing ability) and the weight problems that result from a declining metabolism. But I never knew that one’s feet also expand!

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An Ode to Azithromycin

I’ve had a bad cold/sinus infection/cough for most of the last three weeks. It wasn’t awful enough to get me to go to the doctor. Although that’s partially because the medical group I’ve been using since I moved to the Bay area always seems to want me to be sicker for longer than I am before they’ll prescribe antibiotics…

In any event, I thought I was recovering. Until last Saturday morning, when I took a turn for the worse.

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