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Old 04-09-2007, 07:19 PM
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Well, as we all get older.....we must stay in shape or at least make the attempt, we must try and eat right (fruits, veggies, less red meat, more chicken & fish) watch the carbs, watch our waist lines and sagging butts......

Now, when I was younger...I could run and jump with the best of the best...I remember running a 5K when I was 37 and doing it in 18 minutes and 27 seconds and taking first for my age bracket...

Now, I'm going to be 57 and had my physical today, EKG, blood work and scheduled for a Colonoscopy, had my Eye exam two weeks ago...

Eye exam 20/20 except for reading glasses.....non perscrip...Doc stated I probably need them, do to low level lighting on-board ships while reading at night....She tested the pressure in my eyes normal, She could not believe I didn't need glasses at my age...

So, today the Doc did all the normal things during my physcial....had them do the B/P thing and he just looked at me 128 / 81 ...pulse 71......then they did the EKG thing.....He stood there looking at me and my chart and asked me how old I was....I told him and he showed me the read-out he stated my heart was as strong as a 20 year old's...

He then asked me if I work out and if so....what is it that I do.....I explained how I walk / run and swim, ride my Mt. Bike 5-6 days a week for an hour each morning between 4:30 A.M. and 5:30 A.M. and watch what I eat......Yes, he could tell I was a smoker at one time....but with the exercise I do, it will help heal the damage it had done, but will never go totally away....However, now the long wait for Blood Work Results...not until a week from Thursday.....

So, with my fingers crossed, rabbit's foot in my pocket, St. Christopher around my neck...maybe the rest will be ok as well....
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Good luck my friend. I hope it all turns out well!
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TB it sounds good so far. Detail the bert every day and you'll stay fit as a fiddle.
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Best of Luck TB. Mine is next month.
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You didn't mention the results of the old finger test!

So did you enjoy it or not!
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It was a real tickle of a test.....
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I know it will go well buddy

Hope to see you Spring 2008
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With all those good results so far, I'll bet you have nothing to worry about! Good Luck anyway! We'll be thinking 'bout ya.
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Good solid numbers all the way around, I hope the rest match, I can't see why not with a healthy life style!
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TB Hawks - 4/10/2007 4:19 PM

... and scheduled for a Colonoscopy ...

You’re gonna put that 9-ft long camera where?!?!?

Actually, a colonoscopy is pretty much an uneventful thing. Good thing because it really is something the population needs to be doing more of. 6% of Americans will develop colon/rectal cancer. That’s one out of every 17 people. It is slow developing, slow growing, very curable in the early stages, but can be devastating if you are waiting for symptoms to appear.

I finally got around to doing it last month. In the pre-appt with the cameraman (aka the butt doctor), he walked in and the first thing he said was “hi, I got into this when my father died from colon cancer when I was in med school.” He also said it is devastating when someone comes in for their first colonoscopy appears to be perfectly healthy and they find advanced colon cancer. Once it grows thru the colon wall it begins spreading into lymph nodes and other major organs. It’s all down hill from there. If that happens the emphasis will not be on the cure but rather on making you ‘comfortable’. That is not a position anyone needs to be in. So avoid it; do the screening (colonoscopy and annual testing for blood in the stool).

Like many people, I didn’t start as early as recommended. Your first colonoscopy should be at age 50 if you have no symptoms and no family history of colon cancer or polyps. If you do, then your first colonoscopy should be at age 40. And every 5-years there after, with annual blood/stool testing in-between.

I am hoping everyone of appropriate age to start screening that is reading this will make a note to schedule a colonoscopy because for every 17 of you that don’t do it, one of you is going to develop colonrectal cancer. And you aren’t going to know to start treatment in the early stages while it is still curable.


TB H - congrats on your bill of health.

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TB ~ you GO boy~!!

Health is WEALTH~!!! Here's to YOURS!!

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HeII, TB Hawks you are doing fine at 56.

Not sure if ya can still find it on the internet but look up the video of Katie Couric (sp) getting a colonoscopy.

I saw her video right before I had it done, made it easier for me.

You will be just fine. That’s an order.



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TB,

The wait is a bit nerve racking. You work at taking care of your health, and the benefits have shown themselves in what you have seen. The blood work will be just as good.

Glad you are enjoying good health.


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Congrats on your health!
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"Well, as we all get older.....we must stay in shape or at least make the attempt, we must try and eat right (fruits, veggies, less red meat, more chicken & fish) watch the carbs, watch our waist lines and sagging butts......"

Nah, those myths were all started by middle aged women.

"Now, when I was younger...I could run and jump with the best of the best...I remember running a 5K when I was 37 and doing it in 18 minutes and 27 seconds and taking first for my age bracket..."

When I was younger... I could run and jump on anything that moved! Now I only run when I'm being chased, and I usually get caught after about 32 seconds.

"Now, I'm going to be 57 and had my physical today, EKG, blood work and scheduled for a Colonoscopy, had my Eye exam two weeks ago..."

I'm gonna be 50 in October, but I plan to get my eyes checked before my next colonoscopy!

"Eye exam 20/20 except for reading glasses.....non perscrip...Doc stated I probably need them, do to low level lighting on-board ships while reading at night....She tested the pressure in my eyes normal, She could not believe I didn't need glasses at my age..."

Yep, no glasses for me neither, not even reading glasses. We are talking about hindsight aren't we?

"So, today the Doc did all the normal things during my physcial....had them do the B/P thing and he just looked at me 128 / 81 ...pulse 71......then they did the EKG thing.....He stood there looking at me and my chart and asked me how old I was....I told him and he showed me the read-out he stated my heart was as strong as a 20 year old's..."

Yep, sounds like my last visit, but he said my heart would be stronger if I'd stop chasing after 20 year olds who could run longer than 32 seconds.

"He then asked me if I work out and if so....what is it that I do.....I explained how I walk / run and swim, ride my Mt. Bike 5-6 days a week for an hour each morning between 4:30 A.M. and 5:30 A.M. and watch what I eat......Yes, he could tell I was a smoker at one time....but with the exercise I do, it will help heal the damage it had done, but will never go totally away....However, now the long wait for Blood Work Results...not until a week from Thursday....."

I've never smoked, and I watch people do the things you do all the time. It probably won't heal the damage it's done, but I don't mind being fat and slow at this stage of my life. Divorce judges feel sorry for us old farts when our pretty wives decide they don't need us any more. My bloodwork from last Saturday night came in okay... I was well below the legal limit.

"So, with my fingers crossed, rabbit's foot in my pocket, St. Christopher around my neck...maybe the rest will be ok as well.... "

Well my eyes are crossed, and the gold prop on the chain around my neck don't help me swim any faster. Sorry to hear your rabbit died. Does it help ease the pain by carrying his foot around in your pocket to remember him by?

Like you said, I'm sure everything will be okay unless you get a call from your Doctor telling you he has good news and bad news.

Good news is your test came back and you have two days to live and get all your affairs in order to prepare to move for your last time.

Bad news is he forgot to call you yesterday to give you the good news!

All kidding aside, just like the big snake the'll poke up into your adam's apple, I hope it all comes out okay!
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Your doing it right! I am only 43 but really heading in the wrong direction, gained alot of weight over the past few years. Not too long ago I ran a marathon 26.2 miles in 2hrs 40minutes. I can barely walk now because my legs hurt so bad after I run. The good thing is my BP is 120/70 and my heart rates is around 68. I am going to take a cue from you and get back on track> Thanks for the inspiration!!
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jbigwater - 4/16/2007 10:00 AM

Your doing it right! I am only 43 but really heading in the wrong direction, gained alot of weight over the past few years. Not too long ago I ran a marathon 26.2 miles in 2hrs 40minutes. I can barely walk now because my legs hurt so bad after I run. The good thing is my BP is 120/70 and my heart rates is around 68. I am going to take a cue from you and get back on track> Thanks for the inspiration!!
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Well, the Blood test came back.... I went to Appointment with caution on my mind.... The nurse came out and said to follow her; I was weak in the knees and ready to vomit…. She had to weigh me again, take my blood pressure and temp…

She stated the Doctor would be in a minute…I closed my eyes and waited for the door to open, he arrived with a smile on his face, said good morning and asked how I was feeling…I informed him I was feeling fine, he then said I bet your wondering how the test results came out…Yes. I said…

Triglycerides 109
Total Cholesterol 173….(HDL 41) ... (LDL 110) (should be 100 or less)

Sugar (Normal)

Prostate-Specific Ag, Serum (Normal)

So…one more test to get done…Colonoscopy…So, to finish my visit this time I asked if I should be taking any Vitamins or Fiber supp…etc…He informed me to eat more fish…and take fish oil suppl (1,000 mg) a day…to make the LDL get back to (normal)….
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A colonoscopy is a pain in the ass so I'd save some of that fish oil if I were you!

Glad your doing well for an old fart!

I had the heart of a 20 year old once, but then she dumped me!

I just wished she'd a let me keep some other parts I miss to this day!
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I hate to hear the snap of those rubber gloves.
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