I had that dreaded annual physical today. You know the one: height, weight, blood stuff, pushing, probing, poking, until you want to pee! And then they hand you a pee cup. Only now it’s doubly annoying and insulting. I’m on Medicare!
I forgot about this from last year. (That was my first Medicare-eligible physical). After copies are made of that brand spanking new insurance card, I’m handed a three-page questionnaire to fill out. THREE PAGES! What the heck. It’s got all these yes/no questions about moods, memory, feelings, and on and on. When it gets to the questions about handrails and throw rugs, I want to throw up! I had walked in feeling pretty good. I felt as if I should be leaving on a walker.
Ok, so it’s a generic form for Medicare patients. But maybe there could be a little bit more thought given to the selection process. For instance, everyone but ME should have to fill it out. I honestly felt I was filling it out for my 91 year old mother!
Then again, maybe I’m in denial. I do walk a little slower; asking folks to repeat themselves more often; pounds are creeping on; I’m forgetting stuff. Ok, maybe a little denial.
Feeling a little depleted, a little depressed, and a little older after my physical, I thought I needed to go to the Source for a pick-me-up. The Creator of this body, that is. Wondering about all the Bible had to say on the topic, I was greatly encouraged. Here’s a taste:
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.
Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.
Even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and save.
They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green.
Older men (and women) are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”
and your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.
Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I’m pretty sure I’m not quite over that proverbial hill yet. But if I am, I’m looking forward to the “other side.”
The bottom line is that I passed my physical. Basically. Not with flying colors, not an A+, not without some discussion on tweaking meds and exercise and more fruits and veggies. But what do you expect for someone on Medicare!