|Where I gave blood this morning - hopefully this is my last visit this year|
Just got back from giving blood for my "labs." This was right after I dropped off a container of my
I think this summer has been a ball breaker in more ways than one for me. I've had every orifice (both back and front) prodded, poked and biopsied this year. More than all the times combined in the past 71 years of my life. I have no modesty left folks. None. Nada. Zip. I am literally "open" to just about every one in the local medical establishment. And I thought when that lady at the Wilmington VA Medical Center checked my balls for testicular cancer back in 2005 killed any qualms I had about modesty. Oh no, more to go.
Well folks, I am relieved to say that I am free of doctors, visits and medical procedures for at least the next month. Next up is a full body scan at my dermatologist for skin cancer. I've been going to a dermatologist just about every six months since 1986 when I was diagnosed with actinic keratosis, a pre cancerous skin condition. So far, no cancer but I have had numerous bits of skin removed and a few surgeries resulting in stitches. No fun there.
In a few weeks I'll embark on my 73rd year of this earthly existence. I would prefer another ten or fifteen years of good health, both physically and mentally. I am at a good point in my life now. Home is paid for, I'm married, I have several really good friends who make me very happy.
As previous readers of this blog know, I am planning a Big Birthday Bash for myself by returning to my old haunts in Philadelphia during my birthday week. I've been wanting to do this for years and now I am finally realizing this item on my Bucket List.
I'm feeling good folks. Got my appetite back but not the weight. My favorite time of year is here, fall. I'm ready to enjoy some of my retirement years now.