|Sleek car, sleek me in better days|
When one reaches seventy years of age a myriad of aches and pains await One. I am no exception.
I have been fortunate most of my life in that my health has been good. Except for a close call with death when I was seventeen years old and I got a staph infection from a hernia operation, I've been sailing through life without any serious medical issues.
But, just like a new car that is starting fall apart, there are little "things" that are starting to catch up with me. Continuing on with the new car analogy; no matter how expensive, good-looking or well built, a new car will eventually start falling apart just like a less expensive car. Sure, I may be able to keep up the good appearance longer but eventually everything wears out. Old Ron here is starting to wear out.
My latest medical issue came to cropper last night. My right leg has a fluid retention. I guess this has been going on for some months now but I really didn't pay attention to it. I know that if I sit at the computer too long in one position my right light will numb up. Eventually, when I get up and walk around the numbness goes away. However, lately I notice that the numbness doesn't completely go away.
I've been noticing that my ankles have been disappearing. Especially my right ankle. I'm one of those guys who have super skinny legs. My ankles has always been very prominent like my Adam's apple. How I can hardly see my ankle. My left ankle isn't as bad but it isn't as defined as it used to be either.
Now my right leg hurt from the ankle up to the knee. From a discussion with a friend of mine over the weekend (he had a similar condition) he said it looks like I have a water retention issue with my lower extremities. He said his doctor gave him a prescription and it went away. His only regret was that he will have to take that prescription the rest of his life to keep the fluid out of his lower extremities.
I looked up my condition on the Internet. I could have a serious issue of maybe it's just an issue of proper exercise and diet. I know when I get up in the morning my leg isn't a swollen as it is before I go to bed. Maybe my condition has something to do with elevating my legs. Something that would be hard for me to do since I'm on my feet a lot, especially at work.
Some of the more serious conditions could be kidney failure or congestive heart failure. I certainly hope I don't have anything like that. I have had kidney stones (twice - an experience I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy). I also have Gilbert's Syndrome with is a non-life threatening liver issue. My bilirubin levels are always high but the VA assures me that I can life a long and full life with this condition. I don't even take medication for it.
Of course the latest big issue that I have is my Prostate Problem. Two consecutive blood tests have indicated an abnormally high PSA score. I'm scheduled for a biopsy on January 6th, thus the reason I'm not really in the Christmas Mood this year.
So this morning I put in a call to my doctor at the VA. I left a message with the receptionist that my right leg is swollen and hurts. I'm hoping all I need is a prescription for a diuretic that will clear this problem up. Like I said, I am staring to feel like a once splendid car that is quickly turning into an old jalopy.
|"Patch me up for a few more miles!"|