Retirement and Health

It's kind of a shame that we have to spend our best years working the 9 - 5 and our retirement years in physical decline. Of course there are this fortunate people who glide through life without any health issues, I don't happen to be among them though my wife is in remarkably good shape with arthritis being her only real complaint. After finding a new primary care doctor after moving we made our initial visits at the same time.

Barb told me afterwards that the doc said; "So you really doesn't have anything wrong" to which she replied; "You're seeing my husband next, he's got all sorts of problems!" Some folks may find her comment as a bit callous, after 48 years together we accept it as honesty with humor. I'm not one to post too much personal information but as I write more I think some of my experiences may be helpful to others.

In order of occurance: Pulmonary Embolism (PE), Spinal Fusion (Alif/Plif), Sleep Apnea (OSA), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Bi-lateral Pulmonary Embolism (PE), Arterial Bleed in abdomen, and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.Please note that I am very aware of how many people have much more serious and chronic conditions than I do and, that I am eternally grateful for the fine doctors that have treated my various issues as well as those who provide current treatment.

The only chronic issue I have is COPD which is why we left beautiful, high-altitude Colorado for sea level Florida. Other have been, or are currently, being treated successfully.

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