Cons include a body that rebels even though your mind feels young -- wrinkles appear, boobs droop, midsections expand, memory lessens, diseases show up, and it's harder to get around.
For me, I am disconcerted by my dizziness (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) and being almost deaf in one ear. Come to find out my mom and sister and are almost deaf in one ear. My mom, sister, brother and I all have tinnitus (ringing) in our ears. Either the deafness is hereditary, or we have some kind of virus or bacteria affecting our hearing.
Vertigo is what I hate most. I've had it for six or seven years. It started when we resided in Hawaii. I was on a job interview in a mall restaurant when it hit the first time. I had no idea what was wrong with me. The world was spinning and spinning, making me feel drunk times ten, without having had an alcoholic drink. Walking outside across the mall parking lot took every ounce of concentration to stay upright. I was totally disoriented.
Somehow I drove home. Moving my head an iota in either direction caused waves of nausea and severe spinning. I followed a city bus 20 miles back to our side of the island, concentrating on the back of the bus, doing my best not to look side to side.
A severe case of vertigo leaves me feeling totally depleted. Given the chance, I sleep deeply for 10-12 hours after an episode.
In Hawaii, I was fortunate to be treated by The Balance Center of the Pacific. They discovered I have nystagmus (rapid back-and-forth movement of the eyes that can only be seen with special goggles. The goggles have a camera to take video which can be played back in slow motion.). Vertigo disorientation is caused by the nystagmus and by crystals in the inner ear which float free from their usual nesting place in the ear lining. The Balance Center gave me exercises to do at night before I go to sleep. The exercises help the ear crystals settle back into place. It's confusing, but I think I get it.
So, aging has its pros and cons. These cons are my demons. They're certainly not the worst problems with aging. Thankfully I do not have diabetes, digestion problems, cancer, stroke, heart problems, or myriad other challenges. And that is a pro!
A warm welcome to two new followers:
- Susan Arthur writes THREE blogs:
- Freezerburned, (her main blog)
- What's Cooking, (her favorite recipes) and
- 365 Take Aways (recording take-aways from everyday experiences)
2. Karen Jones Gowen who writes Coming Down the Mountain: Expat Writer Living Abroad. Her blog is laced with gorgeous Guatemala photos and stories about her life there.
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