I had some annual medical checkups recently, and I am happy to report I will be around for at least another year. I signed up for my medical provider’s on-line medical records portal so that I could read my medical chart. I enjoy reading the nitty gritty of my lab reports and such, but I was shocked when I read a radiology report from a recent mammogram. There was a mystery woman described in the report .
“Patient is a 60 year old white female” the report starts.
Wait a minute, I thought. Where did this 60 year old woman come from? How did she get into my radiology report? Get her out of here! There’s no one that age around here. I’m not that old! Well, I was born in 1958, and I did have a birthday in February. . .But how can I be a 60 year old woman?
I don’t feel “old”. I feel like me, a little stiffer and quite a bit grayer than I used to be, but not old. I know that most of the Baboons are older than I am, but I don’t think of them as “old” either.
Maybe it is a family trait. One of my great aunts resisted going to the nursing home when she was 95 because she “didn’t want to live with a bunch of deadbeats”. My father was always proud of his volunteer work with RSVP. He drove “the elderly” to their medical appointments when they were unable to drive, and most were younger than he was. Maybe it is all in how you see yourself?
What about aging has surprised you? What makes a person “old”?