More on Retirement

Sixty three, I say it to my self often, and in awe that I reached this age. I survived three day open air rock concerts, and all that went with them. I survived motorcycle accidents, car crashes, life in general and here I am still.
I work pretty hard, and write, and have hobbies and interests, but now, instead of having the energy to run with them all, I need to choose. Weekends used to be a time of fun, but now they are a time of errands, chores and recuperating after a busy work week.
In my head I’m still 25, but my body disagrees.
Waking up to the early mists that sometimes blanket the hilltop villages of Abruzzo is tempting. The sun comes up and burns them away, making a perfect beach day.

Yes I lived to reach 63 years old! I read the news and all that is happening in the world. I’m not afraid of Coronavirus, but it makes me realize we’re all vulnerable. How much longer do I have to enjoy retirement?

Getting Old


When you’re young you sometimes ache, but shrug it off,
It’s from running, or dancing or simply having fun!

When you’re old you worry, you stress, you dwell,
On the pain, is it my heart, an aneurysm, will I die?

When you’re young tiredness sets in and you sleep,
Your body repairs itself, your brain renews, reborn each day.

When you’r old, it’s extreme fatigue, your whole body tires,
You lie awake and worry that every breath is your last.

How long does it take to get old?
The blink of an eye, two shakes of a lambs tail!

Enjoy your young days, live life to the full, because,
You’re getting older and soon today will be a beautiful memory!


Levofloxacin – A Necessary Evil?


Levofloxacin is an antibiotic that stops multiplication of bacteria by preventing the reproduction and repair of their genetic material, DNA. I posted about this drug last week, when I was on day two or day three of the prescribed course. I’ve just taken the last pill (one a day for ten days) and would like to recount my experience. 


I had a pretty bad bacterial infection in the lower part of my small intestine. I’d had it for some time and when I realized it wasn’t going away, I gave in and went to the doctor. I had blood tests and a CT Scan in an effort to diagnose my problem.

It seems the best drug to kill the bacteria was Levofloxacin. I was a little wary of taking it because I’m rarely ill, and extremely susceptible to medication, mainly because I don’t use it very often. I once took an Ambien. Slept for almost a week.

On day two of the medication I felt awful, wanted to cry all day. I felt fuzzy, tired and hopeless. I kept going and drank at least 80 fl oz of water every day, hoping to dilute the effects and get better. I managed to get up and go to work on a daily basis, but wasn’t myself. Fuzzy head, no energy and so glad to get home each evening. The first painful side effect was intense pain in my right shoulder. I cold barely move my right arm, or my head, because of the shooting pains I endured each time I tried. Thankfully that only lasted for two or three days.

Today I took the last 500mg dose and I’m so relieved I could dance (if I had the energy). I know what it feels like to have Alzheimer’s because today I’m disoriented, tired and confused. Also a couple of weird red blotches have appeared on my arm and hand. Is it related? I’m not sure, but I’m going to monitor them.

Has Levofloxacin (generic for Levaquin) cured my infection? I honestly don’t know. The side effects are so dreadful that they have outweighed what was originally wrong with me. Maybe by the end of the week I’ll know.

In this litigious society everyone wants to sue someone for something, and get rich. I’m not that person. What I want, and intend to do is kick these side effects very quickly, and I believe I will. However, for the less healthy, I’m warning you. Think carefully before taking this medication. I think for me it was a necessary evil, but not something I’ll repeat!

Levofloxacin may have been what I needed to get rid of my infection, but I know one thing for sure. I will never take it again.

Taking Care of Business – What Women Do!

Sick manAfter being on this earth for almost fifty-nine years….(Oh Lord I’m Old), it has come to my attention that the fairer sex (yes I’m talking about women), are much tougher than men.

I know, I’m slow to catch on to these things! I like to believe the best of everyone.

I’ve been ‘under the weather’ for a while (nothing contagious), but did it stop me getting up and going to work every day?


Did my home become a mess? NO!

Did the washing, cleaning, cooking and shopping still get done?


Did I still fix my face and dress immaculately for work every morning?


Did I moan and complain? (okay, maybe a little).

When a man is ill? No words needed. The image says it all.

No my husband isn’t ill, this is just and observation.


We all need it at some point in our lives. After being sick, a long day at work, an argument with a loved one, a disappointment, broken heart. Whatever the reason we all turn to something that makes us feel better, soothes our soul and of course, comforts us.

I am recovering from a nasty infection that prevented me from eating. I was so exhausted I couldn’t even read. Today, at last, I’m feeling a little better and ventured out of the house to do a little Christmas shopping. All day I craved fried chicken, my comfort food, and on the way home stopped and got a couple of nice juicy fried chicken thighs. I sat in front of the fire and savored every last morsel. I feel much better now.

My Comfort Food

My Comfort Food

The other thing I crave after being ill is a nice crunchy piping hot plate of fish and chips. I may treat myself to that next week.

Of course it would have been nice to enjoy an ice-cold glass of unoaked Chardonnay to wash the chicken down with, but I am still recovering. One step at a time.

What are your comfort foods?

What do you crave when you are upset, depressed, or recovering from an illness? I’d love to know.

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Beware of supplements not approved by the FDA

I am a very healthy 55-year-old woman. I have hardly ever taken antibiotics or prescribed medication of any kind.

I work-out, walk, snowboard, hike and bike. I eat fresh healthy foods, nothing processed or pre-prepared.

I am not a vegetarian, but I prefer white meat and fish. I eat steak sometimes, but not often.

In January of this year I started to take a supplement that was recommended to help my cholesterol, which was minimally high, not high enough to warrant any hard-core medication.

In the middle of January I became extremely ill. So ill that I had several days off work. That is almost unheard of for me.

I felt nauseous and dizzy. I was lifeless, had muscle pain and could barely make it through my turbo kickboxing and body pump classes. I almost passed out twice on my way home from these classes. I visited my doctor several times, was sent for numerous tests, including an MRI.

After being over $1000 out-of-pocket, and still no closer to solving my problem, I retraced what had changed in my diet. I had started taking the new supplement a week or so before all of these symptoms started. I immediately stopped taking all supplements, and then reintroduced them one at a time (all except one).

Guess what? I feel better. The new rogue supplement was the problem.

Not sure what would have happened had I continued to take it. Kidney failure? Who knows? I have informed the company who produce it, but I am warning you all to take care of your health and be careful of what you put in your body.