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Sun, Jun 21 4:10pm · How do you change the perception of aging? in Aging Well

Well, bless you both! Obviously both of you see the beauty in each other. Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.

Sun, Jun 21 1:59pm · How do you change the perception of aging? in Aging Well

@rosemarya I know a man who is 70. He told me, with a straight face, that he has a young wife. She is 69 1/2. Age, like beauty, can be in the eye of the beholder.

Sun, Jun 21 11:29am · How do you change the perception of aging? in Aging Well

Good morning, @merpreb. The sun is shining, the trees are leafy, the grass is green – what a beautiful day! We all can think of a place that we consider to be completely safe – a natural scene like a beach, a mountain, a forest. For me it’s standing under an open space staring at the wondrous stars at night. The stars have been there long before we were here and will remain long after we are gone. Yet without our perception of them would they be there to be appreciated? If we cannot physically be in our safe place, we can certainly find a quiet place around our own home, close our eyes, and put ourselves there. When you do so, think of all the good things you have done, think of all the smiles you have engendered, and think of what it is that you are grateful for on this day.

Sat, Jun 20 10:31am · How do you change the perception of aging? in Aging Well

Hi, @merpreb. The courage that it took for you to bear your soul shows the strength of the person that you are. Wordsworth wrote “The child is the father of the man“. What it means is that little girl is still inside of you, While she may not look the same or feel the same, she is still there and she is still you.
Sadness is a natural reaction to certain life events. When that emotion occurs, accept it and then try to process through it. Remember that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

Sun, Jun 14 10:39am · My dad has a mass on bladder and kidney not functioning in Cancer

Good morning, @formydad. This is a good time to live in the moment. Your dad and your mom know how committed you are. All you need to do is to be the same person that your dad has always known. The spiritual bond you share is powerful. Remember that each day is a gift, that’s why they call the present.

Sun, Jun 14 10:22am · Kidney stones in Kidney & Bladder

@tracilynn0418 if what you’re doing works, keep doing it. Try to remain vigilant about diet, sleep, exercise, and medications. It can be very easy to let your medical condition overwhelm you. You need to remember that you are more than your kidney issues. The more symptom-free you can be, the better you will feel about everything else. When you get a negative thought, think of a good thing that has happened to you and smile. Remember too, that laughter is a good source of oxygen.

Mon, Jun 8 12:49pm · Missing left kidney and neuropathy in Kidney & Bladder

@johnbishop although I did not initiate these posts, I find your reply and links to be extremely informative, particularly on the connection between kidney disease and neuropathy. Thank you.

Thu, Jun 4 10:36am · Kidney stones in Kidney & Bladder

@gingerw In my personal non-medical opinion, I believe that medication, that is drugs, should be a last, not first option. There are so many medications focused on so many specific medical issues that are so effective. However, we do not know the long-term effects of those medications, nor do we know how they interact with all other medications. We know some, but far from all, interactions. I try to treat food as medicine. Exercise is medicine too, but that is easier said than done especially during COVID-19 time. Sleep is also important, particularly the older you get. I personally review my prescribed medications from time to time, and with the assistance of competent physicians I have self titrated.