As we age, our bodies don’t always hold up the way we wish. If you ask any senior how they feel, you’ll get an answer. You won’t really have to ask because they will tell you without being asked. Don’t think you’ll be walking away in a few minutes either because they will keep talking until you outright walk away from them or they are called in for an appointment.
Has anyone ever told you that they can tell it’s going to rain because of how they feel. I’m not sure how exact a science that is, but I know it’s true. People with arthritis in particular seem to have this special talent. How many of you actually think you have to be old to get arthritis? I think that is the misconception among most people. That or this won’t happen to me because I’m active. I bet the hospitals are full of active people that were injured in one way or the other and now are laying in the hospital possibly next to a senior with similar problems.
Orthopedic surgeries are soaring these days. They are even doing double knee surgeries, can you imagine that? I can’t. It’s bad enough that most of these people can barely walk. Having to deal with two sore knees at the same time would be horrible. Twice the pain and twice the pain pills, physical therapy, and whining. If you have surgery of any type, you have the right to do some whining. Okay so some people whine more than others just like some people will deny they need a pain pill even though their face is contorted into a some kind of Freddy Krueger facial expression. It’s not a contest on how long you can deny your pain. In truth, it takes twice as long to relieve the pain than it will if taking the pain pills on schedule. You can’t precipitate in physical therapy if you stayed awake all night in agonizing pain that could be relieved if you only took a pain pill. In no way am I condoning abuse of prescription drugs. Pain is real and who are you to judge is someone is truly in pain. You can’t because it isn’t happening to you.
I’m 47, and I will be the first to tell you that the hips stop here. Either one or both of my hips hurt on any given day. Today my left hip hurts. I try not to cross my legs because somehow that makes it hurt worse. I’m blaming my dad for making me cross my legs when I was younger or was that close your legs. I’m so not meaning it like it sounds, lol. Okay keep my legs together, no, that sounds dirty too. Why does everything I say or type sound so dirty?? For the record, I was a good girl!
In my book “Armed and Outrageous,” that is currently being queried to agents, my main character has a major flaw. Who knew, it’s her hip too. If you write about seniors, you need to keep it real. Having a bad hip is nothing to cry about, unless it happens to you. Who knows, maybe in the next book she’ll have surgery by her nice, and totally gay doctor.