When I was younger I used to wonder why it is that older people always seem to be engaging in conversations revolving around all things medical?
However, I am getting it now – I recently mentioned that I was unable to attend an evening out as I would be travelling back from a hospital appointment after having my hip checked.
Immediately the person I was chatting with told me about her bad knee and her wish to delay the operation if possible.
I had considered putting the hip replacement off myself but have decided I NEED to get it done NOW (or as soon as they fit me in) while the weather is milder and before the winter chills which aggravate the arthritis there set back in.
I then remembered and mentioned that I needed to get an eye & hearing test while I qualify for them free on the NHS (not because I am retired or even old enough but due to the fact of my current unemployed status.)
She then told me about her cataract operation which meant she had to delay her eye test until her eye was “normal” again. No point getting new glasses before then of course.
The light on the horizon away from these thoughts is that whilst I am unemployed I have decided to do some voluntary work at the local community centre and had spoken with the centre manager to arrange. She informed me that I can work there Wednesdays perhaps and if I would like to telephone clients for fund-raising I could be useful. Unfortunately, 1 of the forthcoming Wednesdays is another hip check-up but then it should all be clear for a while.
Once my hip is replaced I don’t need to hobble too far on crutches to help and as the centre is only 2 blocks away from me I can hobble there as well as the 2 blocks to the seafront on sunny days (both in opposite directions.) until up to full health again.
Having been advised its 4-6 weeks on crutches and 3WHOLE MONTHS after before I can get on a plane to fly away (or risk DVT of the calf apparently!) I am trusting the time will “fly” by and that work will come pouring in.
So, I seem to have answered my own question re the engagement of conversation regarding health by getting older myself.
Looking forward to writing a blog which will concentrate more on the wealth of health perhaps.