And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Paying for that Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle

"Aging black leather
And hospital bills
And tattoo removal
And dozens of pills

Your liver pays dearly now
For youthful magic moments
But rock on completely
With some brand new components

Now, how do you afford you rock 'n' roll lifestyle?
How do you afford your rock 'n' roll lifestyle?"

~Rock and Roll Lifestyle~
By Cake

Now, any of you who have been reading this blog for any length of time know that DH is in a rock band. I am not saying that being in a band is what caused his most recent health issues, that's just the song lyrics that get stuck in my head. After all, for many years (most of them when I was in grade school) he tried to live the "rock 'n' roll lifestyle" without being in a band!

So here is the general rundown of the test results:


High Blood Pressure

High Cholesterol

Fatty Liver



Add to that the fact that he just broke down and got glasses (gasp!), and I have been telling him he is deaf (he says it's "selective hearing"), and DH is feeling a little old and beat up right now. With me having this slump going on, it makes things even tougher on him.



Deb said...

Aww shit, growing old sucks! Hope he'll be able to get some of those things under control. My DH is a Type 1 diabetic since age 18, which may be contributing to his current situation.

Thanks for the e-card! So true.

barefoot gardener said...

Glad you liked it! I had hoped that picking out an e-card would be easier than picking one out at the store. No way could I be that lucky.

Mostly DH is moaning about how big of a lifestyle change this will be for him. I (in my callous b*tchiness) am looking at this as an oportunity to make some long over-due and much needed changes in our eating and exercise habits.

Lisa said...

Yeah, getting old is a b*tch, isn't it? Well, as I tell my daughters before I do something really embarrassing...Growing old is inevitable, maturity is optional!

Kati said...

Gods!!!! I Hope the lifestyle changes come more easily than he is assuming they will. Check your local library for some good diabetic-cooking books. I've seen (and tried) some pretty good ones!!!! With the rise in diabetis, more & more yummy & healthy recipes are being thought up for diabetics to enjoy. We may be supposed to eat to live (not live to eat) but that doesn't mean we still shouldn't have some enjoyment from what we put in our mouths, and folks are realizing that goes for people with special food needs as well.

Best of luck. My hubby's "getting old" complaints are the more general aches & pains variety (he's got a long-standing back injury, now shoulder & elbow pains, a bum knee from a teen-age injury that's starting to haunt him....). He's totally peeved whenever I mention the likelyhood that before he's seen another 10 years (he's 33), he'll probably have to start wearing reading glasses. His response is always along the lines of "my eyes are just fine, I'll NEVER need glasses because my eyes see perfectly!" Never mind the fact that so were his dad's eyes till his dad hit about 43. *grin* (Hell, I've grown up with glasses, so the thought that my eyes may get worse is just kinda a "well duh!" moment for me.)

Anyway. Hope your hubby finds some positives in the life-style changes and finds his various medical issues diminished with the life-style changes.

RuthieJ said...

Hi BG,
It IS tough changing your eating habits....I still struggle with resisting the Dairy Queen Blizzard or the Big Mac (haven't given them up altogether, but cut back significantly). If you guys can do it, the reward of feeling better is great. And just remember, the Sprouts are the ones who will ultimately benefit the most!

Mysti said...

Good Gods! Not exactly what you were expecting but you don't sound terribly surprised either.

Guess it's time to whip the old man into shape. I'm having a similar time with Bear, minus all the medical tests. He did by reading glasses this weekend and we had a long talk about the overdue rec center membership we keep wanting to buy.

Good Luck!

Bitterbetty said...

Bummer. Love that song though.
This will make your diet easier though, I bet!

The transition will be harder than the maintainence. Good luck.