Okay, I’ve got to let off a little steam. I’m really growing weary of my doctor blaming every ache and pain and hiccup on age. Yes, as we get older, body functions slow down or fail, and certain ailments get the best of us. But can we blame everything on age? My doctor seems to think you can. Whenever I bring up any health issue (even an ingrown toenail), she gets that annoying grin, shakes her head and says, “It’s just an age thing.” Well, I for one am not quite ready to buy into this theory. At least not completely.
My cardiologist subscribes to an interesting premise. He believes that when “Mother Nature” created humans (I don’t think he believes in God), it was her intent that we live no more than 40 years; long enough to proliferate the species and nurture our offspring. His claim is that the reason we suffer from so many ailments as we get older is because we weren’t supposed to live to be 80 or 90.
Apparently, Mother Nature in all her wisdom, didn’t factor in medical technology. She never predicted that medical advancements would extend our lives; double them actually. So if this theory holds water, why haven’t we found a way for us to maintain a youthful quality of life even when we’re old plow horses? If medical technology has doubled our lives, why can’t it produce a fountain of youth?
I’d like to write more, but the prune cake I ate for breakfast is kicking into high gear.