fbpx
Search
Close this search box.
Life, arts, health, tech, beauty and more for women 60+ in and around Boston
Life, arts, health, tech, beauty and more for women 60+ in and around Boston
Browse by Category
Browse by Date

Random Thoughts: The Weight of History

I had my annual physical a couple of weeks ago. Always fun.

In the past few years, I’ve refused to get on the scale. I politely explain to the nurse that I weighed myself in the morning before breakfast and putting on 3lbs of clothing.  Only one nurse has been a little snippy about it so far.

I like my doctor. My previous one started a concierge practice that’s available 24/7 which sounds great, but it costs more than my first car. I’ve always preferred women doctors, so I signed up for a new one just down the street – no more traffic and parking garages! I was reminded not to make assumptions about a person’s gender based on their first name when the doctor walked in and introduced himself.

I gathered from our conversation that like many ancient landmarks, I’m starting to crumble a bit at the edges. For example, the human-size foot measurer said I’m ½ inch shorter than last year. But I told Dr. P I hadn’t been standing up perfectly straight. And that when you think of all the life and history – ours and the world’s – we’ve carried, and still carry, it’s not so surprising that we might start being pushed down a little. Whole cities and civilizations have shrunk down beneath the ground under the weight of history. Why shouldn’t we?

His response was to tell me to start exercising.

(Dr. P also told me my blood pressure was a bit higher than last year, but how could it not be when I’m starting to embody the expression “keep your ear to the ground?”)

But thankfully Dr. P doesn’t tell me to reduce stress. Well, not since the first time, anyway…

I have to put in a calendar note from now on to make my annual exam after I’ve lugged, dug, hauled, pulled, stretched way too far, wheelbarrowed about half a ton of stuff, and exercised my lungs during spring yard clean-up.

And this is the year I keep my promise to Dr. P to exercise all year – not just during yard clean-up – and to avoid the cheese and candy aisles. But it’s only June now, so I have plenty of time to think about the best way of going about all that.

XO Brenda

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
6 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Sheila Hamwey
Sheila Hamwey
1 month ago

Annual check ups are always fun. I miss those follow up letters that used to say my visit was unremarkable. Now it’s….. “Lose weight. Exercise. Eat 2 1/2 cups of vegetables everyday. Are you lifting weights? Let’s do a bone density.” Oy!!! As my friend says, “left,right, left, right.” We will get there. ❤️

Cynthia Kelly
Cynthia Kelly
21 days ago

Happy Birthday America
Happy Summer everyone.
Going for a walk shortly to revisit my exercise .
One foot forward early

Chris
Chris
20 days ago

Very entertaining, Brenda. (Maybe we should flip tires en mass before next summer?)Thanks for expressing what we all feel!

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

Receive a monthly digest of our latest posts (one email per month) and be informed of any events or special offers in and around Boston.

Brian Nash Art

Pop Art for the Child at Heart

Related Posts

Elsewhere on the Web