Thanks to all my blogging friends who also suffer the discomforts of growing older. I don’t know why it helps to discover that others have the same issues, but it does help. One thing I am deciding following the responses to my pathetic post yesterday, when I was in the pit of despond, is to have the cataract surgery scheduled sooner rather than later.
I am going to spend a few more months working on weight loss before I commit to hip or knee surgery, however. My great fear is being so heavy the medical staff drop me on the floor. MY goal is to return to the pool after the 4th of July and resume walking in the water which buoys my weight and makes mobility easier. I had stopped pool going when I began to have skin issues and several instances of skin cancer removal. Although I showered every time I visited the pool, I still found myself itching. I suspect it is the industrial grade body wash the gym supplies. From now on, I will take my own less abrasive body wash to the pool.
My mental outlook is better today, no thanks to our tropical weather. Following a horrible storm last night the world outside my door is like a sauna. Lest you think I am exaggerating, I took a photo this morning showing the back fence as the sun warmed it. Note the steam rising from the wet wood. Yes, summer has arrived here in Washington DC. The exciting news here in town is the arrival in October of T. Rex. The most complete skeleton in the world from Montana (I think) will go on long-term (50 years) exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in October of this year. David and I are both keen to see the old bones. (Wonder if he had arthritis?)
Carnivores like this eventually evolved into the fiercesome Tyrannasaurus Rex 2 (Photo credit: mharrsch)
Hall of Mammals at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)