I was in clinic today and I noticed that all old ladies wear sweatpants and sweatshirts with cats or leaves or cats and leaves embroidered on them. All old men wear high-waisted pants hiked all the way up with suspenders. Which leads me to wonder--at what point do you start dressing that way? When am I going to wake up in the morning and go shopping and see a sweatshirt with a kitty caught in a ball of yarn and decide to buy it to match my sweatpants with elastic on the cuffs? Is it going to be before or after I cut my hair short and perm it? By this point I've resigned myself to this eventuality since pretty much every old lady I've had in clinic has the same outfit and the same haircut, but I'd like some advance notice on when exactly it's going to happen to me.
I guess what it really comes down to is, the only patients I see right now are old people in pain. And even the old people without rheumatoid arthritis have osteoarthritis because that's pretty much a fact of aging. So when is this going to happen to me? At what point in my life am I going to stop being able to enjoy things like kickboxing and going out late and eating sugary crap?
I'm kind of scared to get old. Because work has taught me that old people do one of three things:
2. worry about falling
3. have constant pain related to previous fall
And really, I don't want to spend my life being afraid to take a shower because I don't want to fall. So I guess I want to know the exact minute I hit "old" so that I can spend every minute before that enjoying my youth. Or, at least, spend some time powerlifting, chewing gum, and being able to drive myself. Because at some point, I'm not going to be able to do any of those things and it really scares me.