David’s status report

David-Oct 1986-A

Photos of David (age 37) and me (age 40) on Kauai in 1986, when we were pain-free and skinny.

Glenda-Oct 1986-A

David got his lab test results yesterday and was very pleased. His glucose, cholesterol, and hemoglobin as well as a bunch of other things are excellent. If this keeps up, he’ll live to 100 or beyond.  No kidding.  He just needs to have a PSA test and a bone density test done.

He still exercises at 24 Hour Fitness every night, swimming 20 laps in the pool, pedaling on the recumbent bike for 20 minutes, and lifting  weights. Then, he gets into the hot tub and sauna and socializes with people there.  After taking a shower and changing clothes, he drives back to our home.

He has witnessed two deaths at the gym. One guy died of a heart attack moments after he got off the treadmill, and another died of cardiac arrest after he stepped out of the shower.  Both men were middle age.  When David returned home, he told me, “Don’t you dare join Zumba, because you have been sedentary all your life, and Zumba will kill you.”

Okay, boss.

Meanwhile, he still experiences pain when he stands or walks too much. His new knees are fine, but his hips, back, and shoulders are not.

I am so glad I don’t have arthritis.

11 Responses to “David’s status report”

  1. DJan Says:

    Men are much more likely to die of sudden cardiac death. I’m glad David exercises daily to help prevent that from happening to him. My son died at 40 while jogging, so I’ve learned quite a bit about it.

  2. Joanne Noragon Says:

    Arthritis is the pits; I sympathize with David.

  3. Olga Says:

    David is doing well to keep up his exercise and his socializing. They say both are important.

  4. Christine Says:

    so scary about the deaths at the gym. It can even happen to fit people.

  5. dkzody Says:

    Good for David, getting all that exercise every day. The socialization is good for him, too.

  6. Linda Reeder Says:

    The best thing for arthritis is to keep moving. Good for David.

  7. Carole Says:

    I enjoyed the pictures! The good lab report is excellent news. I’m sure his regular exercise helps to contribute to his overall health. The sudden death at the gym must have been scary. I think that is why they say to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

  8. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    Arthritis and as you age your tendons become very dry which means they break. Aging is a tough business.

  9. Tom Sightings Says:

    Yes, Olga and Linda are right.

  10. Honolulu Aunty Says:

    Your pictures from the past, from Kauai and also Thailand are WOW! You were such a beauty!
    My sister would have been the same age as you – she passed away back in the 70’s from cancer, before they even really knew what cancer was. She was also in Thailand, serving in the Peace Corps, when she was about 23/24 years old. She loved Thailand.
    I find that curcumin helps with a lot of health issues. Joint pain, arthritis, brain fog, cancer. I get mine through mail order companies that I trust, and even give it to our aging dog.
    Here’s to yours and David’s good health, happiness, and continuous blessings!

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