Martin D. Goodkin


Martin D. Goodkin
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Gay, Poor Old Man

Life & Events > "I'm Still Here" "Being Alive"

"I'm Still Here" "Being Alive"

I've always said I was born at the right time---on a special day! I was born on February 29, 1936, just as the USA was coming out of the Depression--I was too young in the 1940s to fight in WW2--just the right age to enjoy the prosperity of the 1950s and definitely the right age for the sexual revolution.

I was born at a time when kids got polio vaccines, chicken pox vaccines, shots for measles and never questioned them or saw theories about the government putting 'something' in the shots you get! It was safe going into hospitals and coming out alive!

It wasn't until New Year's Eve, 1999-2000, that I became very acquainted with medical insurance, hospitals, doctors and, oh yes, meds! That weekend 60 years of smoking 2-3 packs of cigarettes and having blackouts from drinking too much lead to congestive heart failure! Now at 85--soon to be 86--I take 15 pills a day plus a blast from an inhaler not to mention a few
'when needed' pills. Plus I average 5-6 visits to doctors, dentists and ophthalmologists a month.

Luckily, except for my new cardiologists, and their competence will be tested soon, I get along with all my doctors, in particular my primary doctor. A delayed and much discussed operation to replace an aorta valve that was originally replaced in 2008 and a question of inserting a pacemaker came up---all this with 2 new cardiologists--is now set for November 16 and that is all I know.

I'm thankful for the meds and the docs who have kept me alive so far! I look and feel good for an 'old guy', have slowed down a little bit but nothing major to stop me from enjoying what I enjoy though really not as much energy as I had yesterday! LOL

Right now I am hanging in for my 25th Leap Year birthday!

posted on Oct 18, 2021 8:39 AM ()


I take far less meds than you do but a lot of supplements. My get up and go has got up and gone but my doctor has said that I am the healthiest 92 year old in her practice.
comment by elderjane on Oct 19, 2021 5:22 AM ()
I guess with all that can happen I guess just losing energy isn't THAT bad!
reply by greatmartin on Oct 19, 2021 8:10 AM ()

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