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You know you're old when the Golden Girls are younger than you.



The Golden Girls first aired on television in 1985 - I was 31 years old, mom to 3 young sons. I always got a kick out of them, especially Sophia. At 31,  I was still young and the whole premise that was funny to me were these 4 old ladies living together and their "old-lady" capers.

32 years later - I am a GOLDEN GIRL only I am remarried (15 years) and living with my husband, a dog, and 2 cats. I can see myself (if widowed) - opening up my home to some older gals, my age. Would it work? 

I've been watching the series again - on Hulu. Rose was 55 years old. Blanche and Dorothy were probably in their late 50's - early 60's and of course Sophia was in her 80's. 

Of the 4 characters, I think I am more like, Sophia. Not that I act like an 80-year-old - maybe it's because her character is my favorite. I would like to be like Sophia when I am 80. I'm not man-crazy like Blanche - I'm not like Rose (we all have a little "Rose" in us at times.) Dorothy seems to have it together. Although she has her fears. I see myself similar to Dorothy, only she still wants to date men etc and quite frankly if I was widowed, I would not remarry. Not interested in the dating rituals. Been there - done that. 

What about you? Who are you more like? 




Step 3 - What are your choices?




Step 3 - Made a decision to turn our gray hair, wrinkles, saggy skin, aches and pains and our lonely lives over to the care of God as we age.

I mean, what else can you do? Live miserably? I'm NOT! Aging is just another chapter in our lives and I am going to enjoy it.

Gray Hair - I'm allowing my gray hair to take ownership of my head. Coloring or bleaching it is just a never ending battle I don't care to engage in. I admit it does seem to have a mind of its own. I get these gray wispy hairs, and I can do nothing with them. BIG DEAL. It's just hair!

Saggy skin - Yeah what about it? If you gained weight and then lost weight, you're going to have some saggy skin. You can remedy it, by gaining weight if it really bugs you. I have upper arms, that wave, and the beginnings of a saggy turkey neck. Wear a scarf and don't worry about it.

Aches and Pains - Those are normal especially if you lived an active life. Sometimes, they happen because we injured ourselves - or it's from our genes. All in all, it's because we are getting old. Face it. You have to learn to manage it. Don't just give in to the pain pills, or you will have BIGGER problems later. If you live in a state, where marijuana is legal, get some. It really helps with those aches and pains. Just remember - most of the medicinal goes up in smoke, so try and use edibles and topicals.


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Are You Lonely?

If you're lonely, only you, can get yourself out of it. I'm an introvert - so I relish my alone time. But yeah I guess there are times, I get lonely. When that happens,  I reach out. If you are an extrovert then you should know how to do this very well.

This is still a great time in our life. You just have to roll with the punches -

Care of God. 

Don't let the G-word throw you off. For me, it's God. For you, it could be a doorknob, your cousin, Buddha, mother-nature or the universe. I get so friggin tired, of having to EXPLAIN as not to OFFEND anybody or disenfranchise anybody. Okay? We're all adults here.

Why would you need a Liver Biopsy?




This morning a good friend is having a liver biopsy. I sure hope everything goes well. She is the only friend, from my "other life" still alive. My other life, was when I was living in the bay area, divorced, and raising my 3 sons. She was with me through my divorce. I have other friends from that time - I'm talking about really close, good friends. She knew all my secrets. Well, maybe not all of them. 😊

I'm learning about all of these ailments and procedures as my friends and neighbors start having them. I look them up and share them.

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Why would they do a biopsy of the liver? 
They are done to detect the presence of abnormal cells in the liver, like cancer cells, or to evaluate disease processes such as cirrhosis. Your doctor may order this test if blood or imaging tests indicate there are problems with your liver.

What is the procedure? 
A liver biopsy is a procedure in which a small needle is inserted into the liver to collect a tissue sample. This is performed as an office or outpatient procedure or during surgery. The tissue is then analyzed in a laboratory to help doctors diagnose a variety of disorders and diseases in the liver.

Is a liver biopsy serious?
The primary risk of liver biopsy is bleeding from the site of needle entry into the liver, although this occurs in less than one percent of patients. Other possible complications include the puncture of other organs, such as the kidney, lung or colon.

https://www.slideshare.net/manaen/liver-biopsy

She should get the results in one-two weeks. I sure hope it is nothing serious. She is afraid it is cancer.

I never thought about my liver before - of course, I was young. When my sister died suddenly, in 2015, the autopsy revealed cirrhosis of the liver. It shocked everyone. She was 56 and had been treated for high blood pressure. It still bothers me. My niece and her husband, wouldn't let me read the completed autopsy.

So since then, I have gotten off 2 medications. The GERD medicines and the Anti-Inflammatory for my joints. Both were bad for the liver and my ulcer.

This is the yucky part of getting old.