"How can a man grow old with sage in his garden"
is an ancient proverb
The other day I went to the doctor to get my yearly blood work done. I have had thyroid disease since I can remember ( at my age I can still remember everything, the recall however is a little slow).
He visited with me for a several minutes about my general health.
The conversation went something like this:
Doctor: " Have you been to the Dentist lately? "
FarmHer Jill: " Actually I have recently visited the Dentist, I try to go about every 6 years."
Doctor:" You are retaining a lot of water in your legs, do you want me to prescribe a water pill?"
FarmHer Jill: " No I don't want to take any medication for that, I will just cut back on putting so much mineral sea salt on my delicious, home grown tomatoes and try to sit down and put my feet up once in a while."
(Like THATS going to happen, I thought to myself).
Doctor: " Well I would suggest that you get yourself some compression socks. There are several different types you can try. They will help with the circulation in your legs, and also relieve some of the pain from that ruptured veracious vein you have."
Doctor: "How is your hearing?"
FarmHer Jill: (trying to keep a straight face) " WHAT?"
Doctor: (spoken a little louder) "HOW IS YOUR HEARING?"
FarmHer Jill: "Oh, it has been bad for years."
Doctor: " You ought to see about getting a hearing aid."
FarmHer Jill: " A hearing what?"
Doctor: ( no responce, he wasn't going to fall for that one again)
Doctor: "Have you been to the eye doctor lately?"
FarmHer Jill: "Nope, I have never been to SEE an eye doctor."
Doctor: "Well, at your age, you had better go in for a visit to make sure you don't have any degeneration or other eye problems, and if you need glasses."
FarmHer Jill: ( thinking to herself......Dental Work,Compression Socks, Glasses, and a Hearing Aid)
"Hey Doc, " I replied, "I just came in to get my blood work done, not for a
SENIOR CITIZEN FASHION MAKE OVER!"
Doctor: (laughing..... pulls up his pant leg revealing his compression socks and his comfortable old man shoes) " I guess at our age, it's all about comfort and getting along the best we can."
Note: I did make an appointment to go SEE the eye doctor. He asked me what I did for work and we had a wonderful discussion about organic vegetable farming. He is interested in gardening and asked me many questions. He was also very impressed with my vision. I could read the tiniest print on the bottom of the cards. He said my eyes were in great shape. No degeneration of any sorts, and 20/20 vision, but I might need a pair of reading glasses.
"It's got to be all those home grown, organic carrots I eat," I replied.