Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sunday Smatterings

The old health thing. Old being relative.

Ears

I find I always keep close caption on now. Well Netflix is the only thing I watch and that is just periodic and I don't watch crap. But even Irish shows and BBC I find it mumble mumble. I had my doc have a look at the old ear cavities and he said nothing blocking. Could it be dialogue is deteriorating. What say you elder peeps? The annoyance factor comes with I like to knit and watch but having to read the CC prevents that. I know. 1st World problems. Though I dislike the term 1st World. To others we could be 3rd. Especially in the way we take care of impoverished elders, etc.

Aches and Pains

I bought a new pillow. A lovely one. I'd read somewhere get a good pillow and back and neck will benefit. And lie as flat as you can. So I took away second pillow and tried this lovely new one and noticed how old my body was behaving in the mornings getting out of bed. Stiff, sore, ugly. After a couple of months I inserted the second pillow underneath new pillow and honestly the improvement is dramatic. I don't know why, it is a mystery. But I am sleeping and getting out of bed like, well, when I was 75.

Also I had this ongoing issue with my left arm, on and off. Terrible pain. I would get a week's relief then back again, small pillow underneath it so I could sleep. I had to tie it to my chest a few times to get some relief during the day with this brace I had. Long story short. I hauled out my keyboard tray, it had always seemed too low so I had stopped using it. I'd moved my keyboard in front of my big screen desktop for efficiency. I started using the tray and bingo, several months now and no more arm problem. Simple solutions to ongoing bodily issues.

Medications.

I get some nasty reactions to some of the meds I'm on. I won't provide a list as it would be far too long. Suffice to say is that I am housebound unexpectedly some days due to cramps and needing access to the bathroom. I've tried over the counter solutions as per doc and sometimes they work but boy I hate when this happens. Last was Friday night and I'd gotten to the parking lot of where I was going and meeting some friends and had to turn the car around and go home and now it's the second day and I feel I'm finally coming out of it. Not that I mind being housebound. I love it actually. Getting caught up with reading, knitting and writing and not worried about my inners performing badly. Internal thunder and lightening as my dad's best friend would put it. And I would wonder what he was talking about. No more.

On the needles (a shawl for a very special niece)

I posted this on FB and it makes me laugh every time I see it.


31 comments:

  1. I hear you.
    And wish this post was alien to me. It is not.
    Mostly I still think that aging is better than the alternative. Mostly.

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    1. Mostly, yes the operatie word. Some days get me down more than others, just trying to keep on top of things.

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  2. I don't think the dialogue is deteriorating so much, it's the musical score behind the movie that's increased in volume to the point where you can't properly hear it. Well, for modern movies anyway. for old movies, when I play them, I notice the music, but it's definitely background to the dialogue.
    I have trouble with my blood pressure tablets. The first lot gave me incredibly painful heartburn and coughing, the second type was okay for about a year, then I had uncontrollable coughing, now this third type, which seemed okay is (maybe) also causing coughing. I seem to be alright with the cholesterol tablets and apart from Ventolin for the asthma, that's all I take. Oh, and year round antihistamine.

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    1. You know you could be write on those scores, I can't believe how intrusive they are. We should not be AWARE of them and I always am, I think they're plugging obscure musicians. Not working on me anyway :)
      I'm on so many BP meds I lost track. I can't handle the ones that make me cough as I can't sleep and I think that's more dangerous to BP. And I wonder at all the effects on the body.

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  3. I agree with River. It's the music. Older movies are intelligible newer ones not so much. I feel with your aches and pains, but the alternative is still worse, at least for a curious cat like me.

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    1. So true Uglemor, at least we're sitting in the popcorn stands waiting for what's going to happen next.

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  4. With our monsoon extending its stay, I have been tied down to our home as well due to my reliance on nebulisers. Portable ones are available but my pulmo recommends waiting till the wet weather clears as he feels that dry weather can change my dependence back to inhalers. Other than that I have no problems since I stopped hot showers and started cold ones a few months ago. Try it. After the initial shock, the body can take it and even enjoy the experience. Your climate is much colder I know but now in autumn there, you may find it a good habit. Naturally, you should consult your doctor first. It was at my GP's advice that I changed.

    https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-shower-vs-hot-shower#1

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    1. Thanks for this tip Ramana I know the Finlanders swear by rolls in the snow followed by sauna. I tried it once in the mountains in Quebec. Bracing. Good word bracing. What changes have you noticed?

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    2. The frequent aches that I used to experience in the thigh and lower back have completely disappeared. Dry skin and has reverted to normal.

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  5. will write more late
    so much me.
    sick for two days, so caeful, might have ate something to bring it about.
    please take care - E

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    1. Oh no Ernestine. You've had far too many challenges in the past few years. I hope you get better soon.

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  6. What you call close caption is presumably what we call sub titles. Jenny and I increasingly put on the sub titles as so many people either mumble or speak too fast or have unfamiliar accents.

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    1. Glad it's not just me Nick. So hard to follow what's going on and I'm also aware that the captions or subtitles don't cover the entire dialogue. Whole sentences are missing at times.

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    2. I hate the idea of having to 'read' a movie, if it comes to that, I'll buy and read the book it was based on instead.

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  7. Yeah, we get a lot of mumble, mumble too. But since they won't speak up and enunciate properly (ha ha), we're not shy about turning on the subtitles.

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  8. A good pillow is a wonderful thing. I like my memory pillow because it's firm and supports my neck and head very well, no matter which position on the bed I take.

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    1. I'm a new woman since I shoved the second pillow underneath!

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  9. Thanks for reminding me to check to see if I had taken my BP pill. I had not! I often forget but better late than never.

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    1. The pills are an awful nuisance but I commit to sorting them all into their little boxes once a week as I take so many - over 200 a week including the niacin and vitamins, etc.

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  10. The photo caption is funny. I can't tell you the number of problems I've had by sitting too long at the computer chair, the last being a sore toe because I've been sitting with it bent instead of feet flat on the floor. Everything fails as you age. Why wouldn't hearing?

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    1. I have a habit of clenching my fists, I know it's awful, and have to work hard to remember to unclench, especially when I'm taking my BP readings.......ummmmm.

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    2. AND remember to breath while taking it.

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  11. The mumble mumble on some streamed and other shows has become a difficulty in hearing for me too, WWW - and for Himself too. Very few actors enunciate really well these days. We have captions whenever available and it helps, but I prefer well-spoken characters when there's no need for captions. James Spader on the USA side is good in that way, I seldom have trouble with his dialogue; also a long gone actor who played "Rumpole of the Bailey" many years ago is always very easy to understand - we're watching the old series on Amazon Prime now. I think actors who have done quite a bit of stage work as well as film or TV have much better enunciation.

    Meds, meds, meds... Sigh!I keep lists, plus have bought two small alarm clocks to remind me of certain pills I tend to forget to take at the right times.

    Nice looking knitting, WWW and cute baby's expression! :)

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    1. I remember my acting/singing lessons and learning to talk from the diaphragm, a lost art nowadays but the last stage show I was in I loved all the breathing and enunciating we practiced in the dressing room before going out. I wonder if these mumbling film performers ever heard of such a thing. Maybe subtitles have removed the basics?

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  12. I use the 2nd pillow wedge under the first, too. The new pillow may tout total firmness and comfort, but your head is heavy. So,the pillow supports your neck, but the back of your head sinks lower and lower, squashing your neck. 2nd pillow, your head doesn't sink. Easy peasy.

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    1. Joanne, you solved the riddle. I couldn't work out how this worked and I have a large head.

      No more neck pain.

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  13. When I started needing closed captions all the time and noticed difficulty hearing people on the telephone, too, I had my hearing tested. Turns out that I have an inherited form of hearing loss, which saddens me because now I have to wonder if my deaf grandchild inherited that trait from me. One of my daughters is already wearing hearing aids, but the other hesitates to go to the audiologist. I wear hearing aids now, but I still need closed captions sometimes. The hearing aids make it possible for me to hear people, though: to have conversations, to call and make an appointment. I had become that person who stands on the edge of a crowd and smiles all the time, nodding when others do, answering questions that I thought others had asked me, when I was actually asked something quite different. I found it isolating, and am much relieved to have help now.

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  14. I have always loved rainy days, raining today and plan on keeping pj's
    on all day and this one also interested in this aging process but some days like a rolly coaster, but we carry onward, love your words, take care.

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  15. I use subtitles all the time as I want to read every word the clever writer has written. People speak in fast detailed sentences nowadays and young people especially can have very complex conversations referencing modern culture or use small quickfire phrases and I don’t want to miss a thing. OH however finds subtitles intrusive and I do understand that point of view as well.

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  16. The look on that kid's face is priceless.

    I've had to learn to speak up with some of my older patients and find that a few patients I have to ask to speak up for me! As for pillows, I can only sleep comfortably on a single flattish pillow.

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