Thursday, August 14, 2014

Male Menopause?

Last Thursday I went to my family doctor for my quarterly blood work and exam.  At one point the doctor asked me how I was feeling.  I replied that I felt pretty good but that I wasn’t sure how a 63 year old man should feel.  He told me I should feel like I am in my 40’s.  I wasn’t sure if he was joking or not as I assured him I did not feel like a 40 year old.  When I was in my early 40’s I was going on Grateful Dead vacations where I would see the band play three nights in a row while I sat out on the lawn with thousands of other Dead Heads.  Today I’m not sure I could sit on the ground at all.  I especially could not do it for three nights in a row, for hours at a time, and surrounded by crazy people.  These days I can barely stay awake through a DVD of a Grateful Dead concert while sitting in the  comfort of my Lazy Boy.  I laughed a little when he told me I could be going through male menopause.  My wife has been going through female menopause for what seems like 75-80 years.  She’s always having hot flashes while I looking for a blanket when I take my naps.  Once the results of the blood work comes back I should know if I have entered another stage of life.  Maybe with some increased B-12 shots and whatever else the doctor prescribes I can once again be energetic enough to go back out on the rock and roll highway.  My first goal, however, is to go home after a day of work and stay awake until bed time.  Tonight I have failed again in this regard.  Don’t get too excited if I suddenly appear to have an abundance of energy in the near future.  You also will be waiting a long time if you are holding out for my personal “Sweating To The Oldies” exercise video.    

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