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Getting Old Sucks

Old 10-11-17, 07:02 AM
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Getting Old Sucks

I'm 42. I've been eating eggplant since I was little. My Moms eggplant parm was awesome. I would eat it for days. The last couple of times though, I have noticed it's really been tearing the ass out of me. I was hoping it was just an illusion but I ordered an eggplant sub yesterday and oh boy. So now I'm thinking this will be last time I'm ever eating it as it's too much suffering. Should I go out with a bang and an ouch and finish the other half? What other kinds of getting old sucks can I expect going forward?

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Re: Getting Old Sucks

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Anyone with memory problems should examine their sleep. I know as a sleep specialist Iím biased, but sleep really does affect people MUCH more than most realize. You need to be getting at least 7 hours of good sleep nightly, and donít ignore shit like sleep apnea if you have that going on.
Oh, and one other thing that personally affected me... Iíve always had insomnia issues, and eventually melatonin quit working for me consistently. Ambien came with itís own set of problems, so I settled on diphenhydramine as my primary OTC sleep aid for many years. This is the same thing as Benadryl, Unisom, and most generic store-brand sleep aids. Itís a first generation antihistamine but is used as a sleep aid since drowsiness is itís most common side effect.
What I recently discovered is that diphenhydramine is HORRIBLE for you if you take it long term like I did. It affects memory and increases your chances of developing Alzheimerís or dementia later in life. So I had to detox off that shit, and finally feel like my memory has improved, plus Iím a lot less groggy when waking up.
Anyway, sorry for the random tangent, but I thought it was pertinent to the theme of the thread. Stay frosty.
On work nights, I've gotten about 5 hours of sleep for years. The non-doctor expert at the sleep clinic told me forcefully to change my job, but that wasn't a good option. I've been watching my memory deteriorate with alarm. I've just accepted the insomnia. I know that antihistamines make me drowsy but don't give me rewarding sleep.

The first thing that I noticed when I took time off from work due to Covid was my insomnia improved. Then the weight loss started and I switched back to my old, smaller belt. My background depression is mostly gone. My asthma is improved (which may be because the air quality in the building). I'm noticeably healthier. I have the energy to walk every day. Even my typing accuracy has improved.

Yesterday I officially retired. Yay!
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Re: Getting Old Sucks

Lots of things start hurting. You can no longer catch up to a fastball.
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Re: Getting Old Sucks

Originally Posted by Deadman31 View Post
I'm 42. I've been eating eggplant since I was little. My Moms eggplant parm was awesome. I would eat it for days. The last couple of times though, I have noticed it's really been tearing the ass out of me. I was hoping it was just an illusion but I ordered an eggplant sub yesterday and oh boy. So now I'm thinking this will be last time I'm ever eating it as it's too much suffering. Should I go out with a bang and an ouch and finish the other half? What other kinds of getting old sucks can I expect going forward?
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Already lost most interest in that. Obviously this isn't going well.
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About the same age and I've never had eggplant in my life. Sounds like you've covered it for the both of us. Don't stop now!

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Re: Getting Old Sucks

I said 'No' because I can't imagine eating eggplant, ever.


Pain. Pains in places you never knew existed. Pains in places you've never had pain and never expected to have pain.

Short term memory is toast. Of all the things I miss in life, I miss my memory the most.

Weird things pop up like weird skin allergies to things you've never been allergic to before in your entire life.

Hair loss. Getting thin on top is to be expected, not feared.

The 'sharp as a tack' has gotten a bit dull.


In short, getting old is NOT for sissys.
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Great, now I want an eggplant parm sub for lunch...
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There's a lot of other good things to eat. Don't torture yourself...especially for eggplant.
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Short term memory is toast. Of all the things I miss in life, I miss my memory the most.
I'm noticing that too. It's really annoying. How to people in their 70's and 80's function?
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Re: Getting Old Sucks

Originally Posted by Deadman31 View Post
I'm 42. I've been eating eggplant since I was little. My Moms eggplant parm was awesome. I would eat it for days. The last couple of times though, I have noticed it's really been tearing the ass out of me. I was hoping it was just an illusion but I ordered an eggplant sub yesterday and oh boy. So now I'm thinking this will be last time I'm ever eating it as it's too much suffering. Should I go out with a bang and an ouch and finish the other half? What other kinds of getting old sucks can I expect going forward?


Supplement your diet with Metamucil. One glass before bed time, you'll be shitting amazingly in the morning. No hassle and less wiping. I'm not even 40 yet and I take it, because it makes me take some of the best dumps ever. I also don't necessarily eat tons of fruits and vegetables -- don't get all the fiber I may need, so the powder helps.
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I used to be able to eat super-spicy food. Only problem was the usual exit burn. Nowadays, it'll cause some distress during digestion. So, I just have to dial it back a bit. No more getting the hottest wings on the menu. Middle of the pack is fine. Less sweating and pain too
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Re: Getting Old Sucks

What is it about an eggplant parmigiana sandwich that hurts so much? Eggplant is just a vegetable. It shouldn't be doing much damage. It's the cheese and sauce and deep frying I'd imagine.
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Yeah, it seems weird that eggplant would do that, I agree that it's likely one of the other ingredients.

Too bad, because eggplant parm is awesome!

And yeah, getting old sucks.
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I'm now 70 and I can agree that pains in places which you did not even know exist will be more frequent. And, wait until you try to do a hard day's work, not on the computer, but like splitting a pile of firewood. But, hey, I've had a great life and I have absolutely no complaints at all.
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Five prunes every morning. It's magic.
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Re: Getting Old Sucks

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Lots of things start hurting. You can no longer catch up to a fastball.
Speak for yourself ... I could never switch-hit when I played as a kid. In the last few years I have worked on hitting pretty solidly left-handed. Oh crap, that's something an old person would say.
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Not sure of the takeaway here ... an increased realization that older women can be hot?
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Other than the physical changes in appearance...

- temporary discomfort in joints when standing up
- harder time digesting certain tasty but unhealthy foods
- short-term memory has gone to shit
- eye-sight is diminishing
- lost a few steps in athletic ability
- my piss stream is much weaker (wtf is up with that?)
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Short term memory is toast. Of all the things I miss in life, I miss my memory the most.
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I'm noticing that too. It's really annoying. How to people in their 70's and 80's function?
Huh, I thought it was just the weed.
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- my piss stream is much weaker (wtf is up with that?)

Enlarged prostate. There's a pill for that (which also might help with hair loss, kind of like propecia).

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Huh, I thought it was just the weed.
That's what I was worried about.
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Arthritis. And dry skin and hair.
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I just turned 46, and not only do I weigh the same I did when I was 20, I'm probably in the best shape of my life.

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I do work my fucking ass off though, and when I get hurt, it takes forever to recover
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I still play a lot of sports however the mind thinks you're 25, but the body says otherwise.
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What is it about an eggplant parmigiana sandwich that hurts so much? Eggplant is just a vegetable. It shouldn't be doing much damage. It's the cheese and sauce and deep frying I'd imagine.
Yes, the cheese sauce and deep frying isn't helping but I think it's also the seeds in the eggplant.

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