Staying Healthy -- it seems more important as we get (ahem) older. When I was young, I could get away with little sleep, eating irregular meals and coping with stress; now, not so much.
I think that the main issue for me is how to increase my energy level which is low, low, low, requiring a nap in the afternoon if I am home. What I have found out during these past few years of health issues, is that we need to pay attention to how our bodies react to medication. I am unfortunately one of those people who are super sensitive to everything, so most pain meds are too strong.
How often do your doctors ask you what kind of meds are you taking over the counter? They just go ahead and prescribe more meds. Perhaps what you so blithely take and pop in your mouth because "pain hurts" and you are desperate is the underlying problem.
So, after, ten years of taking Ibuprofen for knee pain and after a knee replacement, and two years of little problems, itching, tiredness, lightheadedness, I decided to stop. After three weeks of no pain meds, it has been interesting, as I do feel better, of course now I have to figure out what to do about my sore knees. But I am sleeping better, no itching, no brain fog; well almost no brain fog. This all sounds so grim; it isn't. It's just being self-aware. There is so much I still want to do: projects, ideas in the autism realm (see below), and making sure that I pay attention to my family and friends, keeping good connections.
One more thing, which really made me think. My grandson, Joshua has autism, but he is high functioning and thoughtful. A few weeks ago we were at a restaurant and he asked me, "So, Grandma Tasha, how old are you?" On a paper napkin I wrote the year 2013, and under it the year of my birth (I am not publishing my age as I do not want to scare my blogging friends away). He did the math and then with tears in his eyes, he said, "You are ------? ! That means you won't always be here."
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