Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On Feeling Old

I had a audiology exam last week. I hadn't had one in a while, and with the spousal unit retiring in a few months, we've been trying to make sure we have everything poked, prodded, tested and taken care of before the big change from active duty Tricare to the unknown of retiree medicine. One of the things that needed taking care of was new hearing aids for me.

Yes, I am a 41yo who wears hearing aids. I've worn them since I was 25. I can get by without them, but I sometimes misunderstand what people say, or I ask "what?" more than is socially acceptable. Most people don't know I have a hearing problem unless I tell them because I cover pretty well, but my hearing loss, which is officially in the "mild to moderate" range, is at its worst smack dab at normal speaking tone frequencies. If there is any sort of background noise going on, or if the person to whom I am speaking doesn't enunciate, I'm completely sunk.

I have an appointment at 10:30 to be fitted for the new aids. I'm looking forward to seeing what advances have been made since my last pair, which were made in 1998. I'm seriously overdue!

I had to have more blood work done on Monday. My doctor called back within hours. That's never a good sign. It turns out my thyroid function is off again, even though I take medication for it - and have for 10 years. I take a prescription Vitamin D supplement, too. I got another call this afternoon letting me know that my supplement isn't enough and I need to go back on the super-mega-doses. Well, okay. I can do that.

There are definitely days when I feel old. I have fibromyalgia and 2 degenerating discs. On bad days, I walk with a cane. Heck, there are some days when I can barely walk at all. But you know what? It could be worse. It could be a lot worse.

I just watched Jennifer Grey win Dancing With the Stars. She danced with a torn ligament in her knee and, during her last 2 dances, a ruptured disc. What? Mind-boggling. She inspired me to make this card, using stamps from the Unity/Melody Ross kit Brave Girl Boots.Oh, and for those of you who have seen this post over on the Spellbinders blog? Can we say "bouncing off the walls"? I'll be posting some blog candy here soon. I don't know exactly what will be in it, there will be some Unity and probably {ippity}. I'm pretty sure there will be a couple other stamp companies represented too. I can definitely guarantee that it's going be the biggest blog candy I've ever offered. Oh, and yeah, I'm gonna make you work for it.


Lisa said...

I hear ya. No hearing aids, but many broken bits. My theory - any day on this side of the dirt is a good one!

CONGRATS on the Spellbinders win!!!!!

And I absolutely LOVE that card!!!!

de said...

Wow Carole! You gotta lot going on girl! But you'd never know it from this side of the fence anyway! You are a brave girl... fitting stamps for this card, which BTW, I LOVE big time! Gorgeousness. Simple. Strong impact. Love it.

Hang in there and congrats on the big win girlie!

StampinCathy said...

OMGosh Carole! I know what you mean and what you are going through. I have fibromyalgia too! Your card is fabulous and so inspiring. Love the shape and colors too!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

What a pretty card! I love the key! Very very pretty!

jmahugger said...

Congrats Carole~On your big win on Spellbinders Blog!! Enjoy your new goodies!!

Happy Thanksgiving,

(AngelMakingCard) on scs

Paper Addict said...

I know the aches and pains of getting older gonna be 50 on x-mas,do not have fibro, but do have RSD/ or CRPS and that is just as painful and hard to live with. But you are right it could be worse. and I am thankful everyday that I am not worse. You hang in there. Congrats on the Spellbinders win, you deserve it. Great card, you truly an inspiration, TY. SBS 29 Hugs, Ronnie

Trina said...

Retirees' medical worked fine for my folks before they went back to work; hopefully, it will be all you need it to be, too... (I think my mom even went back to Tricare recently.) Your card is lovely!

Gwen said...

Thanks for this post! What a positive attitude you have. I can't hear well in a noisy place...I should get checked out. I'm 48 and blame it on driving noisy machinery for too many years.
Please post about the new aids!