As a man who is gladly tipping closer to 60 years of age with each passing day, I am ever mindful of the importance of the little things in life…
One of those that is moving higher up my list is the ability to have a strong flow…when I go.
There is no more telling moment for us men than when we are in a public rest room…and having to relieve the flow, drain the monkey, etc. We excuse ourselves from the group, locate the nearest lavoratory and step up to the receptacle and …wait. Then a young guy comes in, steps up and is finished before me. Maybe it is at our age when we would rather paint the inside area of the bowl versus spraying directly into the bowl’s water…nothing more frustrating than hearing our dribble and getting swooshed by the flow of the younger bladder-boy in the stall next to me. Where is the respect for your elder, kid?
The bigger message here is that we men MUST get our prostrate checked annually. It is one thing to have to allow more time to do-our-business and another issue when we have an enlarged prostate that can possibly be cancerous and life-threatening.
So, men, go see your urologist. Get the PSA and the DRE…yes, you are going to need to touch your toes for about 30 seconds. But, if that allows you to live longer, play with your grandchildren and be free from a drainage bag…then let’s get it done. Today.
And I wish you the best and fastest flow next time you go…into the middle of the bowl.
Checking the YES Box…
The other day I went to a new massage therapy professional. His session was a gift to me from a friend/colleague. When I called the office to get the correct address I was told to come a few minutes before my appointment time in order to complete a new client questionnaire. No problem. A piece of cake. Just like the good old days….Right?
Now you know the way this goes…a litany of questions with yes and no as the options. Do I have any history of heart disease, high blood pressure, back injury, arthritis, etc. And that is when it began to unfold…Sitting in that chair with the form on the clipboard, halfway through the questions. I have answered YES to more of the questions than ever before in my life.
Granted, I am blessed with reasonably good health. I even like to boast that I have never spent a night in a hospital since I left it 56 years ago…but here I am now looking at a form that I used to check the no boxes without thinking. And here I have to admit to myself that YES, this now applies to me.
What do we do with that? How does it make us feel when we now have a chronic illness? A disease that will alter how we approach each new day. The most that I do is take ibuprofen to muffle the pain that Uncle Arthur is wreaking in my fingers and toes…
Will you join me in the journey as we gracefully grow older together? Let’s take heed to our bodies each day…eating 2-3 helpings of fruit, drinking 4-6 glasses of water and moving. And no, going to the bathroom is not considered effective healthy movement. Go for a walk. Dance to the music in your iPod. Heck, play a Wii fit game with your grandkids and break a sweat. Do something that will raise your heart rate above “just enough to survive.”
So that the next time you are in that office and completing the new patient form, your no’s will once again outnumber your yeses…
It’s Just a Matter of Time…Brook Benton
If I could just turn back the hands of time…Tyrone Davis
Time out of Mind…Steely Dan
What Time is it?…Morris Day and the Time
Does anybody really know what time it is?…Chicago
Time after time…Cyndi Lauper
Time keeps on slipping into the future…Steve Miller Band
Time of my life…Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Time is on your side…Earth Wind & Fire
The above referenced songs are just a few that I could think of when considering the subject of time. As I reflect upon this day, September 30, and know that we have now completed nine months of the year 2010, I wonder what happened to the time…
I recently heard a young man who is ambitious and very polished in his line of work say how busy he is and that he is looking for the 25th hour of each day. It caused me to consider what the heck any of us would do if we really could get an additional hour of time each day. Then today I read an article on Streaming Faith written by Cindy Beall who shared her thoughts about the fact that we all “make time” for what we want to do, yet say we don’t have time to do some of the really important things in life.
What do we invest our time in that will give us a lasting return on that investment? Our family? Children? Work? Our walk with God? Service to others?
My suggestion is to take time today and look around at our circumstances, and then determine if this is where we want to be. If yes, continue to invest in those areas. If no, then seek another path. My years of working in the field of Hospice care is causing me to remember that a person who is on their dying bed will not ask for more time to work, play online games or watch an NFL or NBA game. They ask for more time with family and friends. Let’s make those timely deposits while we still can…today. Peace.
We Can’t Weight Any Longer…
As one who has never had a weight issue, other than trying to gain a few pounds so as to fill out the back of my pants, I am still quite concerned and empathetic with those who struggle mightily in the other direction. The article I saw here is another alarm that is blaring loudly to our citizenry. Many of us have at least one family member who is affected by the issues of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. They are a trio that is taking people to the grave much too early in life. Read this and share it where applicable…
Many of us in January made a commitment to a number of things. Almost to a person we said that it was important to exercise, eat better and strengthen our bodies. Without the guidance and, when necessary, kick-in-the-butt from a fitness expert, we will not have the proper understanding of how to get results without bringing on injury.
After a back injury in 2004, I have been committed to a regimen of thrice-weekly gym workouts, which include cardio work, weight lifting, and a core muscles strengthening program. Because we all have heard that your abdominal muscles are as important to your posture as your back. I found a site with a few videos that may help those of you who are slipping backwards…and I won’t let that happen. So check this out and let me know what you think; http://www.livestrong.com/video/1464-strengthen-core-muscles/.
The summer months are upon us and even in a stagnant economy we will want to have some fun with our family and friends. Let’s not be afraid to put on those shorts and swimsuits. Make today the day that excuses are put away and results are what we seek.
Tea time is the right time…
By now many of you know that it is my desire and passion to be a conduit of information through the use of my blog site. And thus, by researching information all over the Internet, I share with you some of the findings that I come across that I feel will make a difference in our lives.
Here is a website I discovered this week…it has a treasure chest full of articles and fun questionnaires that we who are on the north side of 40 should consider. Take a look and let me know what you think. The article I am linking discusses the benefits of drinking teas…something I have done for over 30 years. Check it out: http://www.livestrong.com/article/71063-the-health-benefits-teas/
Today is really the first day of the rest of your life. So, make the most of it and commit today to a healthier lifestyle. When we are in our 80’s and looking decades younger, we will have such wonderful stories to share.
It is an interesting phenomena to have now lived to be 55 years of age…and see it as still an age where I know there is still much to learn and understand about life. Years ago (now I am starting to sound like my parents) I used to tell friends that the best way for a person to be healthy at age 55, was not to wait until they were 54 to begin. It was my belief then, and even more confirmed now, that today is the best time to begin a new and healthier lifestyle.
I have been an active participant in sports all my life, and today am proud to have finished my 20th season as a high school basketball official. And in 2002 and 2009 was selected to work one of the California State Finals games. Pretty good for an older guy, eh? The foods I eat are healthy; three servings of fruit each day, green veggies, with regular servings of fish and poultry. In 2010 I am committed to drinking those 6-8 glasses of water each day…and making regular trips to the water closet.
You see all around us each day examples of people who are not taking responsibility for their health…with an increase in obesity, diabetes and heart-related disease. It is our choice how we will grow older; with healthy, properly functioning bodies or with disease and mounting prescription drug expenses…and ultimately premature death.
So, come and join me and my panel of experts who will show us the ways to stay strong, live healthier lives and enjoy these so-called Golden Years of life.