Day 1, 2015. I Am Not A Spring Chicken.

The first thing of importance that I saw on this glorious first day of 2015 is this photograph in my phone’s messaging service. After an exhausting new year’s eve celebration the two lovely ladies in my life just now, Manjiree and Chutki.  The latter obviously had more exhausting things to do than the former! I love the way the day and the new year has started.


For me the last day of 2014 was significant for a consultation with my physician who has now put me on a regime of medication and diets to be strictly observed till the 1st of April. I organised the medicines with some hiccups as the chemist who delivers them at home for me had to source them from the city which he did and while doing so got the potency mixed up and had to go back and exchange them.

Any way, 2015 starts with no resolution made by me but forced on me by a totally unexpected development. No, it is nothing serious or major but something that I was not expecting, but as my physician and friend pointed out, I am no longer a spring chicken and such developments will take place with increasing frequency henceforth and that I should be prepared to take pills along with my food like a lot of the people in my life do and which I had not done so far.

When I shared this news with my family and close friends, the whole lot of them said, almost gleefully I may add, the same thing. Can you believe that? It seems to me that there is a conspiracy to point out to me that I am an old man!


If this is not AGEISM, I don’t know what is.

29 thoughts on “Day 1, 2015. I Am Not A Spring Chicken.”

  1. OH. well. you KNOW I just love that picture!
    definitely two lovely ladies!
    and rummy . . . i take 5 meds for blood pressure and heart and thyroid.
    and 10 supplements just because they make me feel better.
    if that makes one old . . . then i’ve been old for years now! LOL.
    but it is disheartening i know. i’m putting myself on a regime of better health. after all that happened this past year . . . i’ve decided to get serious about it.
    we’re in good company my friend!
    tammy j recently case you wonder

    1. It is just the shock that I had to handle Tammy. I never expected this having survived this long without even taking an aspirin for anything. But as I increasingly am finding out, it is no big deal and I will get used to it. As long as I can get rid of the nagging pain that caused all the investigations to start with, I will be happy. I am also now convinced that it was for the best that this has happened. Thank you for the encouragement.

  2. Happy New Year, Ramana.
    I loved the above.
    The trick is to ignore all the comments and do what you want. That’s how you hit 100.
    But I’m sure, from what I have seen so far in your blogs, you know that already.
    Several years ago, when being plagued by idiots in my job, my husband gave me an oblong silver necklace charm with the engraved words “illigitemi non carborundum” which, in kitchen latin, more or less translates as “don’t let the bastards get you down.”
    Wishing you the same and a long lifetime to practice it.

  3. Unfortunately, not all medication requirements are age-related. Karen has been taking meds since 1988 when she was in her mid-30s and suffering from life-threatening immune system disorders. Over time, her doctor managed the dosage such that she has been in medicated remission for well over 20 years and has been able to lead a mostly normal life. I just take antihistamines for my allergies and ibuprofen.

    I hope the meds do whatever they are supposed to do for you!
    Mike recently posted..Blue Bird of Paradise.

    1. Neither are these that I am now forced to take Mike. It is just the novelty of it that spun me for a while and I vented. I hope that I will get used to the medicines and get rid of the problems that have cropped up.

  4. Yep, there is no shortage of people to point out our age. I still maintain that illness is not a necessity of aging, but I certainly get that some of my parts are showing wear and tear. Carry on, Ramana…aging is mostly in the mind. We live until we die.
    Mother recently posted..It is 2015!

  5. Take the advice; take the pills, manage the diet…and just carry on with however you feel best 🙂

    And a belated happy New Year from NZ. We are one of the few countries who have both January 1st and 2nd as public holidays…(it’s the evening of the 2nd)
    Cathy in NZ recently posted..Drifting with “hearts”

  6. “ You and I are old ; Old age hath yet the honour and its toil;
    Death closes all, But something ere the end,
    Some work of noble note may yet be done,
    Not unbecoming of men that strove with gods.
    The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks :
    The long day wanes ; the slow moon climbs ;
    The deep moans with many voices.

    Come my friends; It is not too late to seek a newer world.
    Push off, and sitting well in order, smite the sounding furrows.
    For my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, until I die.
    It may be that the gulf will wash us down,
    It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.

    Though much is taken, much abides; And though
    We are now not that strength which in olden days
    Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are.
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strike, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

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