50 & Holding

The trials, tribulations and unexpected joys of being 50+

A Bout with The Gout…and it’s winning..for now July 20, 2009

Filed under: health — assistingu1st @ 1:53 am
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I have come down with  The Gout.  That’s what they called it when I was a kid.  I  remember hearing people say, “Grandma got the gout”.  Even then I knew it was such a bad mamma jamma that it had its own title – THE  GOUT.

As a kid I never knew what it was, but I knew it sounded way serious.  Well now that I’m fifty and holding I sure as hell know what The Gout is and it is definitely a worthy opponent.  As a matter of fact, right now it is kicking my butt.

Two years ago I woke up in the middle of the night with a deep persistent, throbbing pain in my big toe on the right foot.  It hurt so bad that I couldn’t even stand to touch it.  After  a couple days of being in excruciating pain, hobbling around on one foot and hoping it would go away, I finally took myself to the doctor.  She told me that  she suspected that I had gout.  I’m thinking, I can’t have gout, that’s what old people get”.  She went on to explain  about uric acid levels and that mine were quite high, but at this time I’m still a little confused as to what the hell gout really is.  After doing some Internet research, I found out that gout is actually a form of arthritis.  Hell just what I need – arthritis – another sign of my seemingly rapid descent into senior citizenship.

Now this lastest attack has lasted over five days.  I can’t walk, I can’t sleep, and I am barely getting around.  I’ve been taking all the prescribed medication – colchicine and indomethacine, but they are not helping.  Now it’s time to try some natural remedies to see if they can help.  I’ve been hearing that organic apple cider vinegar relieves the pain and helps in stopping recurrent attacks.  At this point they certainly can’t hurt.  The Gout may be winning this battle, but I’ll be damned  if it wins the war.


My Legacy July 19, 2009

Filed under: life — assistingu1st @ 4:52 pm
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Since the death of Michael Jackson (I was a big fan), I’ve been thinking about my legacy.  What will I leave to the world when I die.  For Michael, it will be his legacy as the “King of Pop”.  He will live on through his music.

I, on the other hand have no Thriller or Billie Jean to exemplify my genius.  No one will ever no my name except for my family, and they often forget that except for when they want something.  So what will I leave to the world once I’m gone.  For me I hope that it will be the kindness and love that I have shown other people. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Mother Theresa, but I try to be just a little friendlier, a little kinder to people I meet throughout my life.  It takes so little to smile or just say hello.   If someone feels just a little better because of a small act of kindness, the world is just a little bit better.

I believe that kindness and love live on in the people we have touched.  It’s sort of like the  “pay it forword” concept.  One act of kindness  begets another act of kindness.  I may not die famous and my name on everyone’s lips, but I know that I have touched other people in a meaningful way and hopefully you as well.  So here’s to kindness and love – may they live on forever.