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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Birthday: I Am Seventy!

I just cannot believe this. I am stunned I am sort of old. I was talking to a woman in her late thirties who said she wished her mother had lived to 70.

The reason I say "sort of old" is that I don't feel old! When I asked exbf if I seemed "old" compared to women he knew that are my age, he said he did not think of me as old. Remember, he is seven years younger than I.

I did not get my birthday dinner on Friday because I felt so awful. I am not feeling much better, just a little better.

Plans for  Sunday are not exciting to anyone else but me. I tried ice cream on Friday and the results were disastrous. So, there will not be any ice cream for me! Thursday, I think, I tried yogurt, not even good yogurt. The results were bad. I bought a gallon of milk tonight and will try just a bit to see how it sits with me. If I decide milk is not going to be in my life again, I will give it to exbf when he comes next.

Okay, back to plans. Saturday night, I bought pasta made of rice and water. Tomorrow, if I feel like boiling pasta, I will make a pasta salad. I have not had one for two months. So, this will be exciting. If I feel like baking, the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins will be baked.

If I feel like sitting up long enough, I may cash in my free ticket to see "Sully."

My birthday is a maybe, but there is still possibility!

I have been internet shopping/investigating getting a Food Saver for sealing food, a birthday present to me from me...lol. Somehow, I have money in two Amazon accounts but Amazon cannot combine them. Sooo, I have to make another phone call. Even though I still don't have enough to get the Food Saver, I need to straighten out the two accounts. That was going to be my gift to me. I will settle for being able to drink a bit of milk.  Low expectations? Not really.

I hate being ill on my birthday, but this is allergy season for me. I have been very slowly getting better. So, maybe by the end of the week, I will be well.

Just now, I was thinking about past birthday presents. I can only remember two. The first was a biggie; the second was a running joke. When I was six, I got a pink bike. In my fifties, my best friend gave me a check that I used to repaint the living room and put up sheet rock on the ceiling. THEN, he called my Botticelli Red living room "that whorehouse red."

Well, I am happy to be 70, but stunned. It is still a shock to my system to think that number.  Turning 40 traumatized me. Turning 50 and 60 were fine with me. 70 stuns me.

Your turn,
Have you ever been so sick on your birthday, you had really low expectations for the day? What age was the most traumatic in terms of being older?


44 comments:

  1. Happy birthday. I do hope you are able to find some food (and some treats) to suit.

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    1. EC,
      Thanks. At 5 am I had milk and oats. So far, so good. It is silly, but milk is a treat now.

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  2. Happy 70th birthday Linda. Enjoy every moment of your special day - do what you want & eat what you want (within reason as I don't want you to suffer).

    I'll be 70 next month and I feel better than I have in decades.

    The most traumatic birthday was 65 - not for the reasons most think. I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, weighed 235 lbs (@ 5 ft tall it was morbidly obese & had been since 1983), had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, knees hurt, depressed most of the time because of weight, etc - you name it, I probably had it.

    Now, approaching 70 I've lost, as of this am, 116 lbs over the last 5 years, cholesterol is excellent, blood pressure is excellent, I have more energy than I did at 40, my doctor says she doesn't really know why she sees me, but she has to for Medicare. Luckily I have no allergies - I really feel for those that do, especially food allergies because manufacturers stick common allergens in the most unlikely places.

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  3. Bellen,
    Thank you. Except for allergies, my health problems have been few. Excess weight is a problem for me, mainly due to inactivity because of knee and back problems.

    You have done well! Hopefully, I can lose another 100 lbs. My post-pregnancy weight was 130 lbs, but I would look sick at that weight now. I hope to do so before I develop high blood pressure or cholesterol problems. Maybe the allergy revelations can speed my progress toward good health once more. You give me hope!

    S0 far, I have been the one to identify my allergies to the doctor and he has confirmed them, every last one!

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  4. Happy Birthday Linda. I hope to never feel my age!

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    1. SAM,
      Thank you! That is a very positive sentiment. I will have to remember that.

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  5. Happy Birthday! I hope you feel better today so you can enjoy it.

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    1. Michelle,
      Thanks! I am feeling better every hour. And, eating scrambled eggs, bacon, and milk helped, I think.

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  6. Happt birthday! I'll be 69 soon so we are very close in age- I graduated HS in 1965 at age 17. My birthdays are pretty low key these days but I usually bake myself something yummy. If we lived closer, I would have baked you something you could eat. I don't remember being ill on my birthday, but when I turned 39 and was 8 months pregnant, my darling husband bought me a mink coat. That was before we knew better LOL. We were over the hill ecstatic about baby #3. Try to enjoy your day!

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    1. NAN,
      I graduated in 1964 at age 17. A mink coat IS memorable. Baby #3 was memorable for me...such a cutie! "Enjoy" will basically feeling better...not a bad thing at all.

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  7. Linda I know what you mean about shock. On my 70th I thought how did this happen? Then 71 does not feel much different. Many people don't live this long. We are lucky. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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    1. carol,
      My mother lived only one year longer than I have. She had ovarian cancer and suffered a terrible fall. I am glad you understand the shock bit. It is not sadness at all. I have a nap planned!

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  8. Happy Birthday Linda!! I hope you have a great day with lots of love and joy. I know the food could be the problem, but go for balloons, confetti, board games and a movie. May this year be your best ever!

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    1. tana50,
      Thanks! So you think eating balloons and confetti will help...just kidding. Those are all good ideas. Since I had cancer removed, sort of conquered diabetes and now getting allergies under control, it should be a very good year!

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  9. Many happy returns on this feast day of your nativity! May this be your best year yet.

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    1. Ur-spo,
      It will certainly be better than the last few years! Thanks.

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  10. http://www.pbs.org/marktwain/learnmore/writings_seventieth.html

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  11. Happy Birthday! Hope it is wonderful!

    I have never been so sick I could not enjoy my birthday, however Son1 was born on my birthday so that year I was a little occupied and did not celebrate myself. We pretty much celebrated another birth.

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    1. Anne,
      Thank you. It's mot over yet. At my advanced age, I wonder if I could get away with a birthday week.

      Just having milk and not suffering for it has been a celebration in itself. That was a wonderful gift and celebration with your first baby!

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  12. Well, Happy Birthday!!

    I had an allergy appointment recently and he told me that the summer allergies were 'a bit delayed' this year, meaning I would suffer a little longer than normal.....but the good news is that mid-week ends the time frame he told me, so I hope that you start feeling better soon, too!

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    1. Tina,
      Thank you!
      For twenty years I have spent October so sick! I have to double down and keep well this October. I will not eat wheat!

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  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR LINDA!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

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    1. ist Man,
      Thanks. No one had sung to me yet.

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  14. You poor old scudder! I’m but a child of 67, so will try to remember to call you ma’am.

    I don’t care about birthdays other than to regard them as one day closer to death. I will take my current age and subtract it from what I think might be the maximum age that I will live, and feel a little pissy about how short my time is, and how my body and mind long since showed signs of failing.

    My mother died at 74 from smoking, my Dad at 85 from congestive heart failure. I was at the bedsides of both, and since my father died in this house, I often stand on the spot and remember witnessing his passing. I would never walk out of the room when a loved one dies the way my sister did when our mother died. I guess it was what she needed to do, but I had the opposite orientation in that I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It’s so neat knowing that she attended my arrival, and I attended her passing, and that my father gave me life, and that I comforted him at the time of his death. It’s a bonding situation that is too precious for words. Peggy sat with her own mother only for her mother to die when she had to leave, and Peggy will always feel guilty and cheated by that.

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    1. Snowbrush, my reply is way down below. I don't know how it slipped away from me.

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  15. Hope you have wonderful birthday! Glad you were able to have some milk. It's the little things, right?
    I think I have mentioned to you that my son and I have several severe food allergies. It does get easier as you understand what you can't eat and avoid those things. You start to feel better and get motivated to be really careful.
    Take care.
    Patti in CA

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    1. Patti,
      Little things mean so much when they are removed. It has been hours since I ate, and I feel nothing adverse still.

      Maybe you could refresh my memory on your allergies. My memory will return as soon as you help me here...lol. Feeling better is a great motivator for me after feeling so ill for so long.

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  16. Snowbrush,
    You had better remember to call me Ma'am, you young whippersnapper.

    That was a nice thing you said about both parents. It is a good memory of both of them. Thanks for sharing.

    Daddy died at 77 from pancreatic cancer. However, he had emphysema for six years and was not expected to live much longer. But, he did and lived to get cancer.

    I have always said I was going to live until 89. Now, it seems I must up that number to maybe 90.

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  17. Happy Birthday Linda, I think a food saver is a wonderful gift! I have 2. One here in the house and another, very basic one, in the camper to use when we catch fish.

    I wish you happiness & good health in the coming year.
    Janet
    PS I hope my cart arrived in time.

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    1. Janet,
      Thank you. Yes, the card did arrive. I think I sent you an email. Look and see. So, you clean the fish, bag them, and freeze them in the camper? You must do some serious fishing.

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  18. Happy Birthday Linda. Congratulations on turning 70! Wonderful milestone to have accomplished!
    Enjoy your day. And many, many more my friend!

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    1. Cindi,
      Thank. I do hope to achieve many more! It is late and nothing spectacular happened except I feel a bit better than this morning.

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  19. Happy birthday!!!! And my birthday wish for you is to get your allergies under control. Zyrtec and Pepcid have changed my life. Well, the knock-off brands have changed my life.

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    1. Sonya Anne,
      Thank you! That is a good wish for anyone with allergies. I take Zyrtec. It did change my life.

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  20. Yes, I've been sick on my birthday. I had the flu when I turned 16. It was AWFUL!

    My 21st birthday was a blast. Mom & Dad took me to Vegas for Christmas. I turn the "BIG" 30 in 3 months (12/18). This year's plans include: a photo shoot for myself a few weeks before, then the day before I'm having lunch with a friend (after volunteering at the soup kitchen) & picking up some Harry Potter decorated cupcakes, bahahaha! Sunday, my actual birthday, I'm having breaking with some girl friends downtown, treating myself to a 4 hour spa package complete with a hydrotherapy treatment, sauna, massage, facial, mani & lunch w/ champagne, then that evening I'm going on a double date for dinner at a new-to-us restaurant downtown with my friend celebrating her 35th birthday. It might seem a bit over-the-top, but hey.. I'm worth it :)

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