I have noticed recently that my world has been getting out of focus. Not all the time but more and more frequently. I am needing to wear glasses in order to read the tv guide, or any subtitles etc on the television. There have been a couple of occasions when I have been shopping for groceries, walking along the aisles I couldn’t see what was on the shelves either side of me very clearly. I found this quite scary. I also noticed sometimes my colleagues faces were blurred without the help of my glasses.Until recently I had only really been wearing glasses for reading small print and for driving(two different pairs obviously). These days I have to wear them more often.
Today I had an appointment at the opticians. Can you believe that I actually managed to walk past the opticians. I knew my eyesight had got worse but I didn’t realise it had got that bad. It reminded me of the time years ago I was sat in a waiting room at QA hospital. I didn’t hear my name being called for a hearing test!
I’m not sure that I am over enamoured with this getting older lark.
During my appointment today I was asked the question how my health is.
I blandly replied that it is ok, but how do I a lay person define how my health status is?
I have type 2 diabetes controlled with tablets (I don’t monitor my sugar levels) however I have never been hospitalised due to my diabetes.
I am on blood pressure tablets (borderline but on medication because I have diabetes)
I am on a small dose of thyroxine for an underactive thyroid
My knees sometimes hurt
I am overweight which I try to correct but without success.
I don’t feel ill (except that today I have a slight sore throat).
In my mind I have health issues but my general health is ok for someone my age and weight.
Would my doctor agree?
Would you describe your health as good or bad?