Well, folks, today’s blog is about aging. We all age. Some of us get bent out of shape that our body (and minds!) show that age, but aging is inevitable, showing it perhaps not so much…..
I was saying to Cavan the other day that another sign of aging is increasing and varying doctor’s appointments. We all have a GP (general practitioner, a.k.a. family doctor). At least we should. I have a neurologist, as most people living with multiple sclerosis should. Now, I have to see a new doctor and have my first colonoscopy. Wahoo! Catch the sarcasm there?
Yup, I’m scheduled for my first ever colonoscopy on Tuesday. Cavan had one a few years ago, but then he has irritable bowel syndrome, so it is a good thing to scope for that that too.
I don’t know what the age range is, but here in Ontario after the age of 50, I believe, you get to send little poop samples in the mail that get examined for blood and if they find any, you get to be scoped, as my doctor says. I don’t know the upper limit on that, but I do know that my dear friend Viv, who is 91 has never had to do such a thing and had never heard of it. I also don’t know for sure how often we do this, as I get reminders in the mail from the province, but I believe that it is every two years.
Us ladies over 50 also get to go for mammograms, which I also believe are every two years, but then I also get reminders in the mail for that too, so I don’t need to keep track of that either. Us ladies also used to get a pap test every two years, but I believe that it is every three years now. My doctor keeps track of that one.
All of this is preventative, or perhaps really more accurately, since it doesn’t actually prevent anything, tests for early detection. It would be nice to get to the point of actually preventing things. I suspect that healthy eating and exercise is about as preventative as you can get, but we also know that even that is no guarantee.
I have recently gotten into essential oils. Have I blogged about that? I have this feeling that we really need to get back to basics, to avoid having to resort to chemical medicines. It may not always work, but the more I read about these essential oils, the more I think there is something to it. Right now I’m working on a good formula to help Cavan to sleep better. I have tried a few blends, but haven’t arrived at the perfect one yet. He has a CPAP, so a diffuser isn’t of much help and I did get an insert for the CPAP, but it is a small piece on which you cannot put many combinations. I’m working on a better solution.
So, what else do we need to take care of in our old age? Cavan and I got the pneumonia shot that us elderly can have. They don’t know how long it is good for, so I think we get another one every 10 years. We also get the flu shot, but everyone can have that one.
I was just reading that coconut oil is good for alzheimer’s. Cavan and I are both highly likely to end up with alzheimer’s, so this is good to know. Interestingly enough, I have been having Cavan and I take two coconut oil capsules with breakfast and dinner. I’ll have to perhaps increase that, as I don’t think it is the dosage they recommend, I have to read up on it again to confirm, as I have forgotten what it said. Hm, forgotten? I had better get right on it!!
So, folks, make sure you are sending your poop through the mail, when requested and get whatever tests recommended. Let’s have a gentle journey into our old age. God bless!