Over 50`s , How Knackered Are You ?

Ok, here goes (mid 50s):

  • Weird and rare heart condition with the heart muscles strangling the heart - but in receipt of fantastically expensive treatment courtesy of the NHS that it reversing this condition.
  • Very recently diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer - spread from a lesion on my back which was removed 8 years ago. About to start chemotherapy. Not good.
  • Glasses - since 17, but eyesight changing rapidly!
  • Constant lower back pain.
  • Oesophageal reflux - on Omeprazole and managed.
  • High(ish) blood pressure - managed through exercise and drugs
  • Blinding headaches.
  • Acne - at my age ffs!
1 & 2 have seen me brought back from overseas early and limited to UK postings with my department = career death. I'm now off work for at least another month; depends on how I react to the chemo. Now beginning to think what is important in my life - I have two kids - one just started Varsity this week; another in year 9. We have a great house in the Lake District but a large mortgage and no life assurance, and currently renting near London. I love my work but I now can't be arrsed to work for a thruster CS fast streamer with no regional experience and chasing that elusive SCS1 post.

I'll never own a yacht again; we'll never live (again) in a villa with a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean; I'll never have classic cars again (1929 DeSoto, 1950 Jowett Jupiter, Austin Healy Mk 4 midget); I doubt that I will set up my railway layout - GWR c 1925 (OO scale, for the kids, you know). I will probably not write more histories of intelligence operations nor of psyops for work.

I'm ******* pissed off.
 
Ok, here goes (mid 50s):

  • Weird and rare heart condition with the heart muscles strangling the heart - but in receipt of fantastically expensive treatment courtesy of the NHS that it reversing this condition.
  • Very recently diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer - spread from a lesion on my back which was removed 8 years ago. About to start chemotherapy. Not good.
  • Glasses - since 17, but eyesight changing rapidly!
  • Constant lower back pain.
  • Oesophageal reflux - on Omeprazole and managed.
  • High(ish) blood pressure - managed through exercise and drugs
  • Blinding headaches.
  • Acne - at my age ffs!
1 & 2 have seen me brought back from overseas early and limited to UK postings with my department = career death. I'm now off work for at least another month; depends on how I react to the chemo. Now beginning to think what is important in my life - I have two kids - one just started Varsity this week; another in year 9. We have a great house in the Lake District but a large mortgage and no life assurance, and currently renting near London. I love my work but I now can't be arrsed to work for a thruster CS fast streamer with no regional experience and chasing that elusive SCS1 post.

I'll never own a yacht again; we'll never live (again) in a villa with a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean; I'll never have classic cars again (1929 DeSoto, 1950 Jowett Jupiter, Austin Healy Mk 4 midget); I doubt that I will set up my railway layout - GWR c 1925 (OO scale, for the kids, you know). I will probably not write more histories of intelligence operations nor of psyops for work.

I'm ******* pissed off.
Ouch. Hope things work out medically well for you!
 
@Crash
Blimey.
Hope all goes well mate. Fek, that puts my wingeing in perspective. I'll shut up and count my blessings.
 
Ok, here goes (mid 50s):

  • Weird and rare heart condition with the heart muscles strangling the heart - but in receipt of fantastically expensive treatment courtesy of the NHS that it reversing this condition.
  • Very recently diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer - spread from a lesion on my back which was removed 8 years ago. About to start chemotherapy. Not good.
  • Glasses - since 17, but eyesight changing rapidly!
  • Constant lower back pain.
  • Oesophageal reflux - on Omeprazole and managed.
  • High(ish) blood pressure - managed through exercise and drugs
  • Blinding headaches.
  • Acne - at my age ffs!
1 & 2 have seen me brought back from overseas early and limited to UK postings with my department = career death. I'm now off work for at least another month; depends on how I react to the chemo. Now beginning to think what is important in my life - I have two kids - one just started Varsity this week; another in year 9. We have a great house in the Lake District but a large mortgage and no life assurance, and currently renting near London. I love my work but I now can't be arrsed to work for a thruster CS fast streamer with no regional experience and chasing that elusive SCS1 post.

I'll never own a yacht again; we'll never live (again) in a villa with a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean; I'll never have classic cars again (1929 DeSoto, 1950 Jowett Jupiter, Austin Healy Mk 4 midget); I doubt that I will set up my railway layout - GWR c 1925 (OO scale, for the kids, you know). I will probably not write more histories of intelligence operations nor of psyops for work.

I'm ******* pissed off.

Same age as me and I'm fucking bulletproof. WTF did you piss off?
 
Ok, here goes (mid 50s):

  • Weird and rare heart condition with the heart muscles strangling the heart - but in receipt of fantastically expensive treatment courtesy of the NHS that it reversing this condition.
  • Very recently diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer - spread from a lesion on my back which was removed 8 years ago. About to start chemotherapy. Not good.
  • Glasses - since 17, but eyesight changing rapidly!
  • Constant lower back pain.
  • Oesophageal reflux - on Omeprazole and managed.
  • High(ish) blood pressure - managed through exercise and drugs
  • Blinding headaches.
  • Acne - at my age ffs!
1 & 2 have seen me brought back from overseas early and limited to UK postings with my department = career death. I'm now off work for at least another month; depends on how I react to the chemo. Now beginning to think what is important in my life - I have two kids - one just started Varsity this week; another in year 9. We have a great house in the Lake District but a large mortgage and no life assurance, and currently renting near London. I love my work but I now can't be arrsed to work for a thruster CS fast streamer with no regional experience and chasing that elusive SCS1 post.

I'll never own a yacht again; we'll never live (again) in a villa with a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean; I'll never have classic cars again (1929 DeSoto, 1950 Jowett Jupiter, Austin Healy Mk 4 midget); I doubt that I will set up my railway layout - GWR c 1925 (OO scale, for the kids, you know). I will probably not write more histories of intelligence operations nor of psyops for work.

I'm ******* pissed off.
My finger hurts where I caught it in a door yesterday
I've got a sore ring from something spicy I ate in the week, and I've a Spin class at 6 tonight (Ouch!).
I'll never to able to look across the road at my neighbours 12 yr old white transit and scaggy caravan (I've moved).
I'll never own a classic Volvo 440 Xi limited edition, with the super yellow stripes, as I realised they're shite, nor ever drive the beige '95 Toyota Carina E, 16.D again, which is probably good thing, as it's the dullest car EVER.
I'll never use a blow-up dinghy again, especially after the embarrassing incident with the sun cream, the foot pump and the 16 yr old female neighbour.

. . . And you think you have problems?

Cheer up you miserable twat, be thankful for what you had, what you've got and what you have in your future, even if it does involve painful and intrusive medical procedures, possible bankruptcy, and getting the infrequent 'Hope you're not dead yet' card from the RAFA.

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Mid Sixties and I reckon I can still do a BFT (with a bit of help and a lift) in under 24 hours.

Nothing compared to Crash's problems, but on a great deal of medication (12 in the morning, 5 at night) for the rest of my life, including Sildenafil @ Viagra, ( which doesn't do anything for me, even if I take more than one 50mg tablet)

Never smoked in my life and after leaving HM Forces in 1993, very little drink but

2 x Heart attacks at the age of 52
Triple Heart By-pass at the age of 54
Type 2 Diabetes diagnosed when I had Heart Attacks (both on the same day by the way) and currently inject Insulin twice per day.

So after 12 years or so of getting on with my life, albeit experiencing shortness of breath and inability to walk as far as I used to be able to catch the bus (approximately three quarters of a mile away), without stopping frequently.

I have just been told the kidneys are failing because of the drugs prescribed to counter diabetes, doses were too high (originally Metformin 1000mg twice per day, now on 500mg twice per day and co-amilofruse once a day). Have now been referred to a Renal Consultant in November.
 
My finger hurts where I caught it in a door yesterday
I've got a sore ring from something spicy I ate in the week, and I've a Spin class at 6 tonight (Ouch!).
I'll never to able to look across the road at my neighbours 12 yr old white transit and scaggy caravan (I've moved).
I'll never own a classic Volvo 440 Xi limited edition, with the super yellow stripes, as I realised they're shite, nor ever drive the beige '95 Toyota Carina E, 16.D again, which is probably good thing, as it's the dullest car EVER.
I'll never use a blow-up dinghy again, especially after the embarrassing incident with the sun cream, the foot pump and the 16 yr old female neighbour.

. . . And you think you have problems?

Cheer up you miserable twat, be thankful for what you had, what you've got and what you have in your future, even if it does involve painful and intrusive medical procedures, possible bankruptcy, and getting the infrequent 'Hope you're not dead yet' card from the RAFA.

.
Thanks! RAFA, as it happened, met me at the airport and took me to my new gaff, as public transport is a LIMFAC at the moment. Until a month ago I was based in the Middle East working for HMG in a high profile position, and not without a lot of bother around it - and the last of 5 overseas postings (3 military). I was off to be a reasonably senior chap at another Embassy; this is all now dust, and it has happened very quickly and it will take a while to adjust. I've got a job in KCS (working with the MOD) but they have 'temporarily' assigned someone else in but it could be 6 months before I am well enough to return to work. I have to face facts that my career is over (don't worry, AFPS 75 will help keep the wolves from the door) and that it's been a hard landing back in the UK. Our daughter is a boarder at St Cakes' School for the agitated Middle Classes; the boarding school allowances will stop (as I can't be sent abroad) and we are now struggling to find a school locally for her. I've represented the UK in offshore yacht racing (and, no, not in a Service team); a walk with the dog now leaves me breathless. By mid afternoon (ie now) I am struggling to keep awake. And a pacemaker beckons once the chemo is out of the way. And this, I repeat, has happened all very quickly.
 
Mid Sixties and I reckon I can still do a BFT (with a bit of help and a lift) in under 24 hours.

Nothing compared to Crash's problems, but on a great deal of medication (12 in the morning, 5 at night) for the rest of my life, including Sildenafil @ Viagra, ( which doesn't do anything for me, even if I take more than one 50mg tablet)

Never smoked in my life and after leaving HM Forces in 1993, very little drink but

2 x Heart attacks at the age of 52
Triple Heart By-pass at the age of 54
Type 2 Diabetes diagnosed when I had Heart Attacks (both on the same day by the way) and currently inject Insulin twice per day.

So after 12 years or so of getting on with my life, albeit experiencing shortness of breath and inability to walk as far as I used to be able to catch the bus (approximately three quarters of a mile away), without stopping frequently.

I have just been told the kidneys are failing because of the drugs prescribed to counter diabetes, doses were too high (originally Metformin 1000mg twice per day, now on 500mg twice per day and co-amilofruse once a day). Have now been referred to a Renal Consultant in November.
Jeez - life only gets better, eh? I think I will now draw the Mess Webley (damn! no longer a member of a Mess these days; I doubt my Club will hold such a device these days). But I do have a rather fine Snider Enfield, which would have some panache...

 
Hard to know whether to feel lucky or unlucky, given some of the stories above. I had a near-fatal myocardial infarction aged 44, and after planting a stent in my left anterior descending wotsit the nice cardiologist at RVH handed me the installation booklet for it, and offered me a ten-year guarantee on his workmanship. A couple of decades later it hasn't yet rusted, to my knowledge.
I still try to keep reasonably fit, using a treadmill and a Rolling Stones beat, which bewilders the cattle in the field outside, but it overpowers the tinnitus. Heart issues almost certainly hereditary, plus a smoking habit of about 20 Hamlets per day before I stopped in '90. A diet of biltong, beer and sardines probably didn't help. Luckily, I can still enjoy a decent whisky, but gout limits ale consumption to low-yeast pilsners. I suspect that my liver looks like pate de foie gras, but it hasn't exploded yet. Cheers.
 
Mid Sixties and I reckon I can still do a BFT (with a bit of help and a lift) in under 24 hours.

Nothing compared to Crash's problems, but on a great deal of medication (12 in the morning, 5 at night) for the rest of my life, including Sildenafil @ Viagra, ( which doesn't do anything for me, even if I take more than one 50mg tablet)

Never smoked in my life and after leaving HM Forces in 1993, very little drink but

2 x Heart attacks at the age of 52
Triple Heart By-pass at the age of 54
Type 2 Diabetes diagnosed when I had Heart Attacks (both on the same day by the way) and currently inject Insulin twice per day.

So after 12 years or so of getting on with my life, albeit experiencing shortness of breath and inability to walk as far as I used to be able to catch the bus (approximately three quarters of a mile away), without stopping frequently.

I have just been told the kidneys are failing because of the drugs prescribed to counter diabetes, doses were too high (originally Metformin 1000mg twice per day, now on 500mg twice per day and co-amilofruse once a day). Have now been referred to a Renal Consultant in November.
Do you have to inject insulin given that (I believe) you can control type II diabetes via your diet?
 
Do you have to inject insulin given that (I believe) you can control type II diabetes via your diet?

Diabetes can be a bit more complex than that and if he's taking Insulin with Type 2 then diet is unlikely to fix it.
Diet changes can and will help enormously but the drugs remain necessary until the quack says otherwise.

Its taken me 18 months to get my Type 2 to the point were my blood sugar is merely double what it should be.
I've followed every intruction, given up smoking, cut out sugar etc but it takes time and thats just the way it is.
I was specifically warned that diebetic miracles diets wouldn't fix it, they may help but they aren't the miracles cure that many claim
I am apparently not typical middle aged Type 2 profile because I'm not a fat git (I used to be which probably started it) and uncontrolable weight loss was one of the major symptoms that got me diagnosed
 
Diabetes can be a bit more complex than that and if he's taking Insulin with Type 2 then diet is unlikely to fix it.
Diet changes can and will help enormously but the drugs remain necessary until the quack says otherwise.

Its taken me 18 months to get my Type 2 to the point were my blood sugar is merely double what it should be.
I've followed every intruction, given up smoking, cut out sugar etc but it takes time and thats just the way it is.
I was specifically warned that diebetic miracles diets wouldn't fix it, they may help but they aren't the miracles cure that many claim
I am apparently not typical middle aged Type 2 profile because I'm not a fat git (I used to be which probably started it) and uncontrolable weight loss was one of the major symptoms that got me diagnosed
Mayb it's more complex than I think, but the lass talking is a doc specialising in obesity and type II diabetes:


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