Time only adds to the flame.
My all time favorite Patsy Cline song is “I Fall to Pieces”, which I have ruefully decided is a good description for my current situation, as nagging ills seem to have taken hold of my life all of a sudden.
And it’s not only my poor old body! Both car air conditioners have needed costly attention, our hot water heater cratered on us, and of course, our driveway IS literally falling to pieces.
Personally, I’ve had some issues with my previously repaired front tooth that I ruined back in 1961. Back I went to the endodontist, who wants to look at it again next month. And then I cracked my shoulder on the doorjamb in the dark and have had some restriction in my arm motion ever since. Then came the spring allergies, which threw me for a loop and settled in my throat. After that, I began to notice some swollen knuckles on my hands (yikes, could it be arthritis?). Also, my knee is bothering me whenever I walk down a stairstep, and my left foot has another Morton’s neuroma, so I can’t run anymore. Sigh.
Thus, my new theme song goes as follows:
(Refrain) I fall to pieces
Each time I get out of bed….
I fall to pieces,
No, it’s not just in my head!
I want to go jogging like I used to do.
But my foot is hurting and my knee is, too.
And I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but I just can’t run.
I walk now ‘cuz I’ve fallen to pieces!”
You tell me to find something else that’s new,
Something that’ll keep me fit, the way jogging used to do.
But each time I start out in my running shoes,
I say OUCH, and I fall to pieces!!
(What do you think? It’s either the above song, or “Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes”? How about I throw in Hands and Teeth and Throat and Nose for good measure!)
I think I’ll stick with my usual method of dealing with personal maladies, and that is to wait them out. Take the time to slow down, take care of myself, then start anew once repaired. Whether or not this will continue to work as I get older remains to be seen, but in the meantime, I am going to give myself a month off. Too bad all this is happening while the weather is so nice!
As for the air conditioners, hot water heaters, driveways and other pesky things that have also fallen to pieces, that’s what money is for. They will eventually be repaired (or have already been). Let’s hope that I will, too! See you on the walking trails…
(pewperson will be back in two weeks)