So on this eve of my 63rd birthday, I was talking to a friend whom I haven’t seen in almost 40 years. We got caught up on my wife’s medical issues and her recovery. Then we got caught up on our kids. Then she asked, as so many of my friends have asked over the last six months, how are you? Are you taking care of you?
I used my usual response “I’m fine.” There I did it again, I lied to another friend. I’m not fine and I know it. Hell I just had a “Sleep Apnea” test and I know I tested positive. Further details coming as I get them. I’m tired all the time, I eat to much, I still drink to much Coca Cola and as I learned growing up a man has to be strong not weak. You can’t show your feelings you have to be the one everyone can lean on.
So what do I do, I focus on work, or keep busy with my hobby of educating myself further on the internet about my favorite subjects, marketing, blogging, wordpress, and certain health issues that affect my family. I just take care of my family the best I can day by day.
During my wife’s stay at a skilled nursing center I found out that for someone to stay there the costs start out at about $10,000 a month and go up depending on the additional services you want. Most health care insurance doesn’t cover this type of expense. Most families can’t afford something like this. With all the “Baby Boomer’s retiring and getting up there in years, I can’t imagine what we as a society are going to do with all these people. How will they be taken care of? My old boss President Trump isn’t going to help us.
I’m reminded of an article I read how incarcerated people will be getting better care than the senior citizens. It was suggested we reverse the situation and put the seniors in the jail and people from the jails in nursing homes.You see in jail you get free medical care, three meals a day, exercise time, counseling, continuing education if you like and many more benefits.
I can’t solve societies issues all I can do is do the best I can with what I have and pray that it will be enough. I also pray that my family and friends don’t have to go through what I am going through.
So if any of you ask me again how I’m doing I think I see jail in my future. At .least then my family won’t have to be burdened with me. I think I want to go to one of those federal prisons where they send Illinois Governor’s to. Maybe I can go to Colorado the views must be fantastic.
OK, for those of you that read this and are now even more concerned about my well being I’m good. If you know me at all, I can be sarcastic, and I do like humor in my writing so take it with a grain of salt as they say!