I had to smile, because when I asked my doc if the new hip implant he is going to install would last the rest of my life, he did a quick calculation and said I would probably live 15-20 more years and yes, I should have it until I die. Good, I thought I don’t want to go through this again in my 90s.
On the other hand, as a demographer, I know quite a lot about Life Tables, those things actuaries use to calculate life spans for insurance purposes. I know the data used in them (even by the Social Security Administration) is historical and therefore more out-of-date with every passing year. The advances in medicine are truly amazing.
On the other other hand, what most of us can look forward to is a long life with increasing physical difficulties especially if you have a degenerative disease. This is a good reason to do everything you can to take care of yourself as best you can.
One of the reasons I want this hip surgery is because with the pain I am experiencing, I find it difficult to do many things I did without thinking. This means my physical activity has slowed. Not a good thing for someone who is already taking 3 meds for heart issues.
I am looking forward to being able to walk my dogs, go to the pool for arthritic exercises, and perhaps take up yoga or tai chi in the next few months. All are good for me.
As for diet, I have lost weight over the past year, although my weight loss has slowed with the diminished physical activity. I am not as thin as I had hoped I would be when I had the surgery, but will have to accept reality. It will probably take two strong male nurses to lift me. Fortunately, some of the male nurses are quite strong.