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  • #16
    You might remember I turned a lathe over on myself last year and severly broke my leg. Now, I walk with a cane most times. Yesterday, I took my Uncle the the VA hospital for a routine visit. No less than six people assumed I was there for myself and offered assistance. Unk gets around much better than I do and he is 16 years my senior.
    Gary

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    • #17
      I didn't think 65 was old until one of my students informed me that his grandfather was in my class a few/many years ago. Now at 68 and having some back issues I have given up the rototiller. You can't believe the pain of breaking off a portion of a disc in your lower spine. One of the best things to do for your health/comfort is good shoes and socks. I find that if I wear my tall top work boots and boot socks I can still do 10 hours standing in front of a lathe or mill.

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      • #18
        I wish there was a way to get the wisdom of "old age" without the health problems. I've got at least 30 more years before I become "old" hopefully they make strides in improving the quality of life.
        This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
        Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
        Plastic Operators Dot Com

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        • #19
          DickeyBird:

          >>I'm a couple yrs. behind you Dennis at 63 but I feel your pain...literally. My back injury at 17 yrs. old hasn't required surgery yet (knock on wood) but has been a factor all my life. Seems to be under control since I had my last nerve block (8 yrs ago) and walking a couple miles every day (started that 6 yrs. ago.)


          Same age, same circumstance. Exercise generally keeps it under control; thinking like a teenager gets the back in trouble.


          Gary Gill

          >>You might remember I turned a lathe over on myself last year and severly broke my leg. Now, I walk with a cane most times.


          I do remember, and oddly enough I was just today wondering how the recovery is going?

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          • #20
            Mortality

            Seems that some are confronting or being confronted by their mortality for the first time and are either afraid of or not liking what they see or of what may lie ahead in the not too distant future.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by oldtiffie
              Seems that some are confronting or being confronted by their mortality for the first time and are either afraid of or not liking what they see or of what may lie ahead in the not too distant future.
              Just how OLD is OLDtiffie? :-) It sounds like I may be among the elder
              here at 78 last Aug. :-) I'm still in "reasonable" shape (just lucky I guess).
              ...Lew...

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              • #22
                I can sympathise With many who have posted on this thread so far as I am almost 67 and I feel like an 18 year old, (but the wife won't let me have one!). My back is just fine, but as a result of a motor cycle accident when I was 20 I now suffer from quite painful osteo-arthritis in both knees. The local hospital orthopeadic specialist said that they could replace the knee joints with artificial ones but they say that I am too young! Apparently they would only last 10 years or so and as it is a very expensive operation our wonderful National Health Service don't want to waste money on anyone who is likely too outlast the new knees and require to have it done again at further great expense! So the doctor prescribed Co-Codamol pain killers to be taken as required.
                Apart from the knees, I am in disgustingly good health which I put down to totally ignoring advice on diet and exercise from so-called experts! (And drinking only the finest of English ales).

                Malc.

                Happy Christmas to all.

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                • #23
                  tlfamm, thanks for asking. I have healed and am getting along okay with the fused ankle. My foot is sore often and walking isn't as natural as it used to be. I am grateful though that I still have a leg and foot.
                  Gary

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                  • #24
                    My left knee has been a problem since an accident at age 20. At 65 I went to a "knee" guy to see what he could do (I was hoping for some miracle micro surgery to correct it). Osteoarthritis, "wait until it's worse and we'll put in an artificial one"......or.......

                    Get out and start walking (and light jogging). I do 5 miles a day, every day. Can't remember when I felt better plus losing 30+ pounds.

                    Where I walk/jog is a popular exercise route. Damn, the young babes are gorgeous, much more so than I remember when I was that age. Problem is the "old" folks, the regulars all seem to want to stop and talk. The ones I'd rather talk with are the young babes, for some reason they aren't interested.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Gary Gill
                      tlfamm, thanks for asking. I have healed and am getting along okay with the fused ankle. My foot is sore often and walking isn't as natural as it used to be. I am grateful though that I still have a leg and foot.

                      And your lathe? I recall some damage to the cross-slide(?)

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Gary Gill
                        tlfamm, thanks for asking. I have healed and am getting along okay with the fused ankle. My foot is sore often and walking isn't as natural as it used to be. I am grateful though that I still have a leg and foot.

                        You're the lathe guy! Ok.

                        We were just talking about moving heavy machinery here and I mentioned I "knew" someone who got smashed.
                        This product has been determined by the state of California to cause permanent irreversible death. This statement may or may not be recognized as valid by all states.
                        Heirs of an old war/that's what we've become Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
                        Plastic Operators Dot Com

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by tlfamm
                          And your lathe? I recall some damage to the cross-slide(?)
                          I repaired the lathe and it works well.
                          Gary

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                          • #28
                            Well I read all this about getting old and it kind of scares me! Today I turn 80 and am still going strong. ( strike strong ). Since the pacer implant 5 or 6 years ago things are becomming easier. My new shop is comming along nicely. No end of projects.
                            Jim

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                            • #29
                              Wisdom?

                              Originally Posted by oldtiffie
                              Seems that some are confronting or being confronted by their mortality for the first time and are either afraid of or not liking what they see or of what may lie ahead in the not too distant future.
                              Originally posted by Lew Hartswick
                              Just how OLD is OLDtiffie? :-) It sounds like I may be among the elder
                              here at 78 last Aug. :-) I'm still in "reasonable" shape (just lucky I guess).
                              ...Lew...
                              Lew.

                              I'm not all that old at all at 74 in 3 weeks.

                              I am a realist though as I'm always looking forward to tomorrow - as a realist and pragmatist - and certainly not through rose-tinted glasses.

                              I've seen people in their 20's or 30's drop their bundle completely if they were injured or disabled in any way. I've seen many go into denial that they have reached 30, 40, 50 etc. I've heard all the stories about 40 being the new 30, 50 being the new 40 and using that at 50 to justify thinking they are 30!!

                              I do get embarrassed, annoyed and disappointed in "old fools" who can not face reality and who can't see that they can't turn the clock back.

                              I have had to face and adjust to my limitations as regards ability and ambition.

                              I've had my horoscope read out to me and I've seen it often enough to have taken notice of it - at last.

                              I do almost kick myself at times when I can't do something physical that I did easily when I was younger and which I kept doing as I got older and got to the stage that it was a PITA. So I re-thought it, went back to square one, an matched my needs with my ability and lo and behold it was not only better and easier but often quicker. The lesson was that if I was half as smart as I thought I was when I was younger I'd have thought it through then and got the answer I got now. I guess I'm getting a bit smarter (less stupid, pig-headed too?) and a lot less of a tear-ar$e in my later years.

                              I am in pretty good shape but have had to and have adapted to my needs and limits as I go on.

                              I got a very good lesson about this time in December 1981 (about 3 weeks before I turned 45). It was at a pre-Christmas drinks pi$$ -up. There was an Army bloke there who was giving everyone a through PITA complaining that the Army had discharged him to early retirement. I just happened to be near enough and pi$$ed enough to hear another bloke tell the whinger that "45 is one of the biggest days in your life". The whinger was stunned. I stuck my nose in and asked "Howzat" to which the reply was "The day you turn 45 you are one day closer to 60 than you are to 30". My reply was "$hit, 30 was like yesterday" to which he replied "In that case 60 is tomorrow". And then when I realised what he had said and what it meant, I was stunned into silence. And I wasn't the only one!! The end result is that all I wanted to do was to get to 60 and see how I had fared in the 30>60 years. I don't remember 45, 50, 55 but I sure do remember 60 as I had to confront just how well I went in the 45>60 zone as compared to up to 30. It was not too bad but not as good as I'd kidded myself it would be.

                              After that I just looked forward to 60 then 65 and 70.

                              I am now looking forward to 75, 80 and 90+ in terms of meeting my more reasonable aims and ambitions.

                              But I could "fall off the twig" tomorrow too.

                              I wonder why I was not such a realist when I was younger, but I can see that I did get to be more realistic as I got older.

                              No matter how bad getting old(er?) may seem to be its good to be alive and to have the chance and all-be-it increasingly limited ability to make the most of it before the inevitable end.

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                              • #30
                                Gotta stay off your butt and keep pushing yourself.
                                Last edited by pgmrdan; 12-27-2010, 10:07 AM.

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