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Dennis, I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort and peace for you as you continue to grieve and adjust.
I have a full beard and mustache almost all the time. I could not grow decent facial hair until I was 43 years old 12 years ago - and that was only because my asthma was so bad for a few years I was on high doses of steroids. It took time for me to adjust to that, but now I think I look better with facial hair than without. I keep it well trimmed. I used to die it using various products but it is too much of a hassle and mess. I also am on warfarin (anti-coagulant medication) and have been since April 1997. I do have a very nice electric shaver but still prefer the facial hair.
I have been blessed to never experience prostate cancer. I have, however, had my share of bouts of prostatitis and that is not a pleasant experience at all. My father-in-law has it and is now 89 years old. His doctor said it is a very minor form and something else would kill him before the prostate cancer. From what I understand it is generally a very treatable form of cancer.
Our Thanksgiving was very nice. It turned out to be just the immediate family - my wife, both young adult sons and me. We went to a very nice Greek restaurant and had ribeye steaks. Yesterday we decided to go to Friendly's and had their turkey dinner that was very good.
I did some on-line shopping last week and ordered a Tabled PC for my wonderful wife. She is loving it. After our dinner on Thanksgiving day we dropped the sons home and got them each a GPS for their cars at Dollar General. Just came back from taking our youngest son to the Verizon store and got him an iPhone. We will pay to have a remote starter put in our eldest sons Smartcar soon. On Christmas morning we will be opening small presents such as gloves, socks, underwear etc.
We try to keep our holidays fairly simple and to not make our chronic pain any worse. My wife had a back injury at work and has recently been deemed by her doctors at 100% disabled. None of the treatments have given her much lasting relief and working was getting terrible for her pain.
I would love to be able to bake cookies like my mother did. She started right after Halloween and baked so many different kinds. I have all her cookie cutters and baking sheets, but don't think I could do it because of my spinal problems. Even if I could, they would still not me my mother's cookies if you understand what I mean. She passed away in September 2000 and loved the holidays.
Wishing everyone a very healthy and happy Holiday Season.
You need to select a local doctor that can become your primary or regular physician. Call and make an appointment after determining if the doctor is accepting new patients. Do you have health care insurance of any type? You will need to find a doctor that participates with your plan if you do.
Hospitals are not for routine care. They are for serious and emergency cases.
Aging as defines as getting older is not optional as long as we are alive. Being healthier as we age is an option we should all strive for.
I have made mistakes in my taking care of myself over the 55 years I have spent on this earth. My health conditions are listed in my profile. Wisdom does come with age in many cases, and I am trying to make wiser choices in my diet and activities.
First, I hope I see my 70's and 80's. Second, when I get there I hope I can have my health issues well under control. I am committed now, more than ever, to put the work in that will hopefully yield the results I need.View Thread
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This is an excellent topic for discussion. As a disabled 55 year old man I try my best to keep my brain active and my body, though that is a real challenge most days.
I am also concerned because my now 82 year old dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in January 2011. I am thinking of talking to my doctor at my December appointment about testing for early onset just in case. There is a lot of stress in our lives, but sometimes I feel like my brain does not always function at peak performance.
I am active in several communities on WebMD, do crossword puzzles and other games that exercise my brain, and also administer a private Christian weight loss support forum. On good days I try to do my duties as the full-time dear disabled househusband. I do the shopping for our family, all the cooking and keeping the house. My wife works full time and is dealing with chronic pain from a back injury at work that happened in March 2011.
I take my dad places and bring him things as needed at his assisted living facility, and assist my wife with what she needs to do to help her aging (87 and 89) year old parents. Her dad also has dementia and is in the late stages. Still at home, but we assist and her mom is primary care giver.
I fully believe in keeping the brain as active as possible, as well as the body.View Thread
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You have already been given excellent advice. The only thing I can add is that soda (we call it 'pop' where I live) is not a healthy beverage, even sugar-free. I would think limiting beer would also be a good choice. The best beverage anyone can drink is water. There are now lots of very good sugar-free water flavorings on the market. Just tried sugar-free Orange Crush flavorings and it is delicious - even tasted like it is carbonated but it is not.
I've struggled with obesity my whole life. You are wise to get your weight problem in control now. Believe me, once you hit 40 (I did that 15 years ago and will never do it again. ), your body does make drastic changes. Making the life-style change is not easy but you can do it.View Thread
Well, this is the WebMD Mens Health Community, but it is against the rules here as well as impossible to diagnose or offer any medical advice. You really need to see a doctor for this. Start with your primary doctor and see if he/she feels you need to see a specialist such as a proctologist or gastroentrologist.
Rectal bleeding and problems should not be ignored. It would be a good idea to see your doctor asap for evaluation and treatment of these symptoms.View Thread
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