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Old 05-26-2016, 12:33 PM   #121
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... Three years ago I had a case of toxoplasmosis that led to an acute pancreatitis attack which then lead to a massive pancreatic psuedocyst that had be removed in pretty complicated surgery. About 3.5 weeks hospitalized over about 6 months with about 4.5 months off of work spread out over a year...

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Before disaster struck me out of the blue, my son came down with a sudden liver infection caused by a strain of strep bacteria. It was initially misdiagnosed by several doctors, because they did not expect a young healthy guy in his 20s would be afflicted by a disease that only old and feeble people would contract. It could have cost him his life. They never did figure out how he got it.
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:46 PM   #122
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Before disaster struck me out of the blue, my son came down with a sudden liver infection caused by a strain of strep bacteria. It was initially misdiagnosed by several doctors, because they did not expect a young healthy guy in his 20s would be afflicted by a disease that only old and feeble people would contract. It could have cost him his life. They never did figure out how he got it.
Now that you mention it, today (May 26) is my fifth "anniversary" of a horrible sepsis infection.

Five years ago tonight I almost died and it took 10 days in the hospital and over a month of heavy antibiotics to get me through it.

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Age 68 and don't have any impressive near death health stories to share.

I do worry a bit about my runs in very rocky hills (state park behind our house). But I love the runs. Maybe once every year or two I have a fall. Just takes a trailing foot clipping an embedded rock sticking up a few inches. I have to remind myself to raise up those steps.

Recently I've added walks in between run days. DW will be getting a gym membership and I might join her. I could perhaps do a little upper body work and swimming.

Thanks to all for sharing your experiences here.
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Old 05-26-2016, 02:38 PM   #124
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I will be 61 very soon and have been ER'd since 53.

One thing that I do notice is that, while still pretty strong, my endurance has dropped off a bit...either that or my desire to tear into things is waning. This despite exercising 4 or 5 times a week. So, I break my hard work tasks into smaller bites than in the old days. Currently staining the house and instead of finishing the job in two 12 hour days, I will finish it in seven or ten 3 hour days. Hey, I AM retired!

Some of my acquaintances of similar age are falling apart. While I have no idea how many good years left, I have nothing to complain about...
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Old 05-26-2016, 02:59 PM   #125
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I will be 61 very soon and have been ER'd since 53.

One thing that I do notice is that, while still pretty strong, my endurance has dropped off a bit...either that or my desire to tear into things is waning. This despite exercising 4 or 5 times a week.
That might be your problem. Some time back, going on 2 years. I was noticing the same thing. Exercising more wasn't helping. So I curtailed the exercise and began aging in reverse. Stamina went UP instead of down. And I workout with more weight now not less weight. We are nearly the same age. I think we've reached the point where we starting to eat into the principal. And long past the point of capital gains.
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Old 05-27-2016, 06:41 AM   #126
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I am 59 and I hoping to have bunch a good years ahead. Outdoor sports/activities are important to me. I like to ride dirt/adventure motorcycles and the guys I ride with are in their 70's. I went scuba diving with some 60 year olds last weekend. My wife and I went biking with some neighbors that were in their 20's and they had trouble keeping up with us.

I used to run a lot but I became worried about joints so now I only do lower impact aerobics like walking, kayaking, elliptical and biking. The problem I found with running is that if you do it a lot you feel the need to compete in races or get faster which is okay but doesn't necessarily contribute to overall fitness. My goal is just to stay healthy enough to enable other activities. I switched my exercise to less running and more weight training. I lift weights twice a week for 30 minutes. I have actually never been stronger, but if I skip workouts, I can really tell the difference in a pretty short time so it seems to be important to maintain the regular training so you don't lose muscle at this age.
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:04 AM   #127
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Couple of stories:
Seven years ago, on a Saturday, my wife talked in to going with her to have a test done for osteoporosis being performed by a company called "Life Line Screening". I went along and decided to have the complete test, about $150. They discovered an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The next Monday I had a CT scan to confirm and two days later a vascular surgeon performed an endovascular stent graft. I was lucky to be a candidate for this surgery because the alternate surgery is radical. I was also lucky because there are few symptoms to this condition. My point: if you ever see this screening being offered in your area, do yourself a favor and have this test done. This is what killed John Ritter. If the aneurysm ruptures, you'll bleed to death before you get to the hospital. You can Google AAA and the fixes.

2. Used to play golf with a retired cardiologist. He said to watch the five signs for potential heart attack. If you have three of the five you have a serious problem. Genes is always the number one factor. Then in no order are obesity, cholesterol, smoking and blood pressure. The doctor had two of the five but his good genes trumped the other problem (cholesterol). Take heed.

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Old 05-27-2016, 07:26 AM   #128
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OP here. Well, another one bites the dust, but he's better off. Friend 76 in a nursing home, was suppose to visit him on Wednesday, pushed it off to Thursday (yesterday) and got a call he died of a heart attack on the way to the hospital in an ambulance Wednesday night. Feel like a s**t. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I volunteer at a nursing home and that's where I met him, I would bring fresh fruit and we'd play Scrabble. Old folks are very good at Scrabble because they grew up without TV like us Boomers. He was a college philosophy, classics and poetry professor so my visits were the times of great conversation, imagine a real life "Tuesdays With Morrie". So I am more inclined to dwell on the topic line of this thread and perhaps he's one of the reasons I started this thread? Ironic I did it right before his sudden death. BTW, I just signed him up for the weekly New Yorker cartoon caption contest and wouldn't it be GREAT if he won posthumously this weekend? Oh well...

In his early 70's he contracted a bad case of Parkinsons, over our two years of friendship, weekly and bi-weekly visits, I saw him slowly declined but I also took note as to HOW FEW males there are at the nursing home. In fact, the women would manipulate the staff to get a man to sit at their dining table! All seating is assigned I reckon. Met him across the hall where my uncle was also dying from Parkinsons, so I guess I became comfortable in that environment. Totally off topic: I have seen first hand what happens when you get old and sick without family or money, but that's too depressing to contemplate, but I digress...

So...we talked about being bed ridden, paralyzed part of the day and the good years between retiring from teaching and getting sick. "That's the gap", I thought, and has led me to the subject line of this thread. Been thinking about that line a lot more lately and I realize some people, as the above posters point out, don't want to reflect on that too deeply, it's too scary I know. There's going to be this 'golden zone' for all of us males between about 60-early 70's when we can last enjoy it, unless you want to count on being a statistical outlier? Just because you can do it today doesn't mean you can do it tomorrow, so might as well do it today, right? My favorite line from the Big Short:

"People hate to think about bad things happening so they always underestimate their likelihood."

So even though I am semi-retired and one of the few who truly loves his "work" (I get bummed when I read posts of guys hating a soul less megacorp career), I have to tame my Type A, very competitive, adrenaline seeking, workaholic tendencies to start to stop and smell the roses, get mindful. Work on my bucket list which is WAY too long for one lifetime (don't the rich have it grand?). There's so much I want to do but I see the sand running out now that I'm 64, it's clearer now. Funerals focus the mind...

But don't want to be a Debbie Downer. Beautiful day here and a great holiday weekend coming up in Door County, WI, so going to enjoy while the wife goes to work!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and thank you vets!
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:17 AM   #129
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. There's going to be this 'golden zone' for all of us males between about 60-early 70's when we can last enjoy it, unless you want to count on being a statistical outlier? Just because you can do it today doesn't mean you can do it tomorrow, so might as well do it today, right?

I have to tame my Type A, very competitive, adrenaline seeking, workaholic tendencies to start to stop and smell the roses, get mindful. Work on my bucket list which is WAY too long for one lifetime (don't the rich have it grand?). There's so much I want to do but I see the sand running out now that I'm 64, it's clearer now. Funerals focus the mind...

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and thank you vets!
My thoughts as well. Wasn't so long ago that I'd go out with my sons for runs on the trails nearby. But all it took was a serious case of Achilles tendinitis to bring down my activity and fitness level. It took two years for it to really heal (the docs had little to offer) and the two year layoff has really effected my fitness and endurance. I probably could have done more to mitigate the loss, it's my total dislike of any indoor exercise that was my ultimate undoing (and our winter's don't help).

But it'll be a hot weekend here, after two days of yard work (that wiped me out by 9pm each day), I'm going for a 16 mile bike ride on my flat course.

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We are in a hurry to do things, experience things, and travel to places that interest us for all the reasons noted above.

We do not want to wait until it is too late...the bus runs us over or we fall ill. Too many people in too many nursing homes wishing that they had done the things in retirement that they dreamed of during their working lives.

It is like any other decision in life...it is about taking advantage of opportunity. The opportunity to do the things you have always wanted to do. Some people let opportunities pass them by, others recognize them for what they are and seize them.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:34 AM   #131
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62 this week. Have lost 40 lbs in the last year, getting to a weight I last weighed in college. Still a bit dumpy and trying for another 15-25# to get fat % to 20% range.
Doing weights/stretching 3x/week.
Have also discovered Qi gong and Tai Chi. A 68 year old friend who has done Tai Chi for 20+ years described it as "a good way to age". Both work on joint flexibility, balance, subtle strength, and ability to mentally focus/meditate.
Golf game is as good as it's ever been, to my surprise, hitting the ball as far as I ever have, although I expect the dreaded drop off in distance to occur any year now after having watched older players reach 65-75.
The other day, I was thinking how much younger I felt after having lost the weight and pursuing the consistent exercise. Immediately, as this thought occurred, I smashed my toe running up the stairs, as if to remind myself I'm 62 not 32.
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I always figured it was even more important to keep your back strong and healthy. Maybe it's because I don't have a strong core, so I have to do some good core exercises, or else my back will ache. Also I take care in how I lift things (until I'm alone and need to move something awkward up or down stairs, and don't have patience to wait for someone). My legs have always been strong.
RunningBum, that is true. Core is very important. But if you do a few of those powerlifts (correctly!) like front and rear squats and dead lifts for example, your back and core will strengthen right along with your legs. They are fantastic for complete body conditioning in a dynamic movement. I started learning how to do them correctly in the last few years and I am amazed at how well they work for all around strength and conditioning. I had a history of lower back problems, but they have been minimized with these exercises. The key is correct technique and proper weight. I see people often hurting themselves trying to go too heavy and using poor form.
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We faced a major decision point in our lives when we retired early. The choice was to keep on as we had been or change. Change in terms of get down to our ideal weight, change our eating habits and choices, and exercise.

The alternative was to keep going as we were, possibly develop diabetes or other ailments linked to poor eating habits obesity, and sedentary lifestyle. This path ensured a shorter lifespan, a retirement that was less than ideal, and frequent visits to health professionals and pharmacies. We have relatives who have selected this option and we have no desire to emulate their choice.

The choice was obvious. Besides, I chose an DB pension over a commuted payout so I want to get my money's worth from the plan. So far, so good.

We did Option A and it is incredible how quickly we saw an improvement almost immediately after we changed our lifestyle.

That is not to say a health disaster will not strike. But we want to enjoy any time between now and then to the fullest.
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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for this thread and all the honesty on this subject. As DH turns 50 this year I have noticed some definite slowing down in him (he used to go 24/7 nonstop doing very physical labor all day long). It helps to know what to expect down the road as we age. Very enlightening!
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[I][INDENT]Toxoplasmosis is a disease that results from infection with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, one of the world's most common parasites.[/it.

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That is one interesting parasite. I wonder if Tim Berner- Lee had it and invented the WWW so parasites could see cats.
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Interesting to see almost everyone is upbeat here. I guess those died at 50s or 60s did not have a chance to speak here.
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Sitting here nursing turf toe from helping coach my daughter's softball team at age 41 here, y'all are bringing me down!

Seriously, though, this is the thing that drives DW and I towards ER. Retiring at 65 is simply unacceptable to me as my Dad died suddenly at 70.
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