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My father turned 90 last June, and I’m blessed he’s in remarkable shape.  I want to take partial credit, because I’m into anti aging supplements from my doctor,and I pass the info along to my parents (Mom’s nearly 89; more in another blog).  I kid my doctor, who has never met them, that he should consider them his “out patients.”  Of course, I run by him whatever I plan to pass on  before I do it.  It’s really just basic stuff, like vitamins C, D3, fish oil, coQ10, Calcium/Magnesium, and a Multi.  These simple few will do wonders for you, too.

It must be working, because all their other doctors say thing like “Oh, what good blood values,” or ” you don’t look your age.”  More than a few times I’ve lent credibility to their ages by producing MY medicare card.

Anyway, back to Dad.  He does have a health concern which requires monitoring.  As a kid he had rheumatic  fever which left him with a murmur, and that valve involved had to be replaced 11 years ago.  He doesn’t say much; he’s always used words at a premium.  In fact, his yearbook caption said, “silence never makes any blunders.”  So as the doctor asks his questions, I supplement Dad’s yes and no answers with any embellishment needed.

“Do you smoke or drink?” the Doc asked.

“I don’t smoke,” Dad turned to me, as we both laughed.

The Doc agreed scotch with a lot of ice was therapeutic for him. Then he said at the open doorway as we were wrapping up the visit,

“I don’t get many chances to say this to my 90 year old patients, but I’ll see you in a year.”

The three of us smiled, then I saw the rest of the staff staring in disbelief.  Looking further into the waiting area I noticed a packed room of non erect gaits, pasty pallors, and noticeable discomforts from ailing and aging.

I was reminded of my good fortune of health for my Dad.

I put on my chauffeur’s cap, and we were on the way home.

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