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Staying Healthy at 60 and Beyond

staying healthyToday, I’m 60 years and almost nine months old. My wife, Josie, will have her 60th birthday in a few days. We will be staying healthy by doing what’s necessary, even when we don’t like it. I’m taking care of her before taking care of myself because that’s the way it has always been with us. It’s also the easiest way for me.

Both of us have been treated for various health issues over the years, but we’ve never been thorough about it. Since we know we have at least five or six months remaining in the United States, we’re going to get examined for everything we need to get examined for, and treated for everything we need to get treated for.

Physical Examinations

Both Josie and I have had physical examinations for specific things over the years. I don’t know when she had her last complete physical, but I suspect it was in the early 2000s. My last complete physical was in 1998, when I retired from the military.

Josie was recently examined as a new patient at one of the primary care places in Maryland. We are getting her past due examinations taken care of before getting her a complete physical. She has a mammogram scheduled, and she has already sent out a Cologuard box with a stool specimen, in lieu of a colonoscopy. She still needs a pap test.

I won’t go in for an examination as a new patient until Josie is ready for her complete physical. That examination is probably the most important because it’s when she gets her blood tests taken care of. When we were in Hawaii, she was being treated for high cholesterol and nerve pain in her mouth, by two different doctors. I’m curious if she’ll be treated for high cholesterol here.

When my time comes, I’ll probably have to take one or two medications for high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I’ve never had high blood pressure, but I’ve been close to the borderline. I’ll be getting a prostate examination instead of a mammogram, obviously.

Diet and Exercise

Josie and I both try to get in as much exercise as possible. Most of the time, that exercise comes in the form of walking. We don’t need to use our son’s exercise equipment. Josie pulled a muscle in her back the last time she used one of the machines. Exercise is something we can control. Our diet, well, that’s another story.

Most of the adults in this house are overweight. None of us can seem to resist those food items that keep us fat. Well, I’ve already resolved to cut out rice, potatoes, bread and anything with sugar in it that isn’t a piece of fruit. It’s easier for me than it is for Josie. Rice is a staple for most Filipinos.

I’m already drinking black coffee without anything at all added. Avoiding the carbs in rice will probably be next to impossible.

Photo Attribution: Anne Karakash from Pixabay

Author: RT Cunningham
Date: August 23, 2021 (UTC)
Categories: Health
Tags: bread, coffee, diet, exercise, physical examination, potatoes, rice

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