Gettin’ Old

I didn’t think that I would end up old and alone – mainly because I didn’t believe I was going to get old.  The ‘alone’ part I pretty much expected.

When I was in the 5th grade I  became ill with Rheumatic Fever and missed most of the school year –  first an extended hospital stay then bed rest at home.  I’m happy to report.that was the last time I was ever in a hospital room other than as a visitor.  Despite missing a large portion of the school year I was still promoted to the 6th grade.

At first I was supposed to restrict my physical activities – definitely no gym in the first semester. But I was ten years old and we lived right across the street from a playground.  Even on Sundays when the playground was closed I would climb over the eight foot high chain link fence to play softball and touch football.  I remember being scared every time I had to make that climb, expecting to fall and break a leg or arm, but one mustn’t act the sissy in front of one’s friends.  Besides, if one didn’t scale the fence one couldn’t play!   😐

However, even at that young age I was well aware that Rheumatic Fever was a serious disease and that heart damage was almost always a result.  A doctor once told me in my twenties that he detected a slight heart murmur only when I was lying down. But no murmur was detected after that.  Nevertheless, I got it in my mind that I was going to be one of those men that keel over dead in their forties.  I certainly did not expect to live to see the twenty-first century.  And now it is almost 2014 and I am still kicking – who’d a thunk?

 

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2 responses to “Gettin’ Old

  1. Dave

    Doctors aren’t always right 😉
    Oh Yes- I’m still alive just been busy

    • Ed

      Glad to know that you are still kickin’! – Also I think it is good that you’ve been busy. At least the infamous ‘they’ say: “Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop”.

      Ha ha! It is so true that doctors are not always right. That’s why they call it ‘practicing’ medicine!

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