Martin D. Goodkin


Martin D. Goodkin
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Life & Events > Old Age: Fight It, Deal with It, Give in to It,

Old Age: Fight It, Deal with It, Give in to It,

adapt to it and/or enjoy it! I don't exactly remember when I faced the fact that I was old but it was probably around the New Year's weekend 1999-2000 when I woke up in the hospital after having a congestive heart failure attack. Oh I fought it a bit by saying that I was old(er) but, eventually, I had to drop the (er)! It was at that time that I was introduced to Warfarin, a blood thinner, which lead to my arms (see the first 2 pictures) turning all kinds of colors if I even brushed against something, being lucky if it didn't bleed and take weeks to heal! I bought arm guards and wore them for awhile but for some reason I stopped wearing them and all of a sudden last week walking on the walkway from the elevator to my apartment, not paying attention, my swinging right arm hit the corner of the railing and got a gash that was a mess. I decided to go back to wearing arm guards. I got the white ones first and decided to cut off the finger/palm/hand part--see the left and right corner bottom pictures--which was a mistake as they started to unravel. Now I have the black arm guards and I am wearing them as is! Only problem with the guards are they exert so much pressure on the arms they are now a solid red!! At least they match my legs which because of the peripheral artery disease and the lack of the veins having too much plaque doesn't allow the blood in my legs to flow regularly as they should. These are the extra large guards whereas the white were large. I think my next step is to put bubble wrap around the arms! One of the, many, great things about old age is that you aren't to blame for anything--it is all the age!! I have lost 2 pairs of glasses this year--well, not actually me but that old man in me--so I decided to go the way of old people I remember from my childhood--you know, those who always had glasses hanging down the front of them like I do in the bottom left picture and the middle pictures. Now I go crazy looking for my glasses before I remember they are hanging around my neck! Now I am practicing for either a walker and/or a motorized wheelchair--the latter is the 'in' thing with senior citizens here at Gateway! Oh, also, have to learn to quickly ditch the hanging glasses and arm guards--have you ever seen an old person celebrating their 100th birthday or any birthday over 90 years wearing those things?? Except on the news have you seen pictures of old people using walkers?? Heck we may be old but we are still smart and know how to hide things!! And I haven't even said anything about bridges, dentures or Viagra!!

posted on Aug 25, 2019 3:06 PM ()


You take it better than I do, Martin.
comment by elderjane on Aug 26, 2019 4:01 AM ()
As long as I get up in the morning I am a happy guy!
I live in a senior community and see 6-7 deaths or removal to nursing homes a month--as long as I stay independent all is good--I don't care what I have to do and/or use!!
reply by greatmartin on Aug 26, 2019 9:19 AM ()

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