Tuesday, July 4, 2017

It Ain't for Sissies!

I hear it over and over again.  I work with the elderly and so the words ring in my ears often.

"Never get old!"

That's what they tell me.  Those 'old people'.  But I think it is too late.

Guess who is on high blood pressure medicine now?


I can no longer brag that I do not have to take any meds.  I now take a low dosage of diuretic to keep the BP under control.  Mine always ran good to low and now, suddenly out of nowhere...  it is off the charts!  210/136 is what my reading was at the ER a couple of weeks ago.  They put me on meds and I forgot to take it for almost 2 days and 2 days of eating the wrong foods and BAM - it shot right back up!  Last night all I could think of was... oh no!  It's going to be back to the ER for me!!! Anxiety followed.  I used my BP cuff that I have at home and became a bit obsessed with it.   The numbers were going up, up, up.  I was not amused.  I told myself, stay calm.  That didn't happen.  Today it's better.


Another common quote I hear from my customers:

"Old age is not for sissies!"

It's not.  Really.  It's not.

But, hidden beneath the awful reality of growing older, slowing down, health problems as well as wrinkles and aches and pains...  I search for the good.  And it's still there.

In Chocolate cupcakes that represent our flag....

Giggles and sunglasses....

Big splashes...

Saving the grandkids from Jaws...


That can melt your heart....

That is if the sun doesn't melt it first....

And to top it all off, a beautiful campfire that goes into the night, Smores, and sticky fingers ....

The morning after....

Thank you God, for family and friends.  For beautiful summer days.  For good health to enjoy the many blessings.   Hope everyone is having a blessed 4th.

Dear Diary,

It's been crazy around here lately.  The cookie carriers all came over and totally interrupted my sleep. There was no rest for the weary.  They were in and out and here and there and doing this and that and... makes me tired just thinking about it.  The good news is this.  Something called smores.  There were droppings.  Lots of droppings.  I must rest now.  My playful pup days of wreaking havoc and tearing through the house day and night are a thing of the past.  This old gal needs some sleep.  Later. Gracie.


  1. Gracie, you get some rest now. Aging ain't for sissies, it is the truth and I am already there.

  2. Loved the pictures especially the one with all of you and Anvil. Growing old is no fun indeed, but at least we live in a great country to do so. Remember to take your meds!


  3. Awww, Gracie! Yo are so sweet! Many kisses from me! You guys know how to have FUN! Well, what do you know, we are blood sisters! I have been in the E.R. three times with my blood pressure this year! After I lost the 100 pounds, I didn't need blood pressure medicine anymore. But then for some reason it came creeping back quite badly. Then at times it will go so low I almost faint. Anyway, I now take the medicine, and have an emergency pill for when it goes over 180. LOVE your monkeying around fourth picture!!

  4. the hardest part of being on a medicine is remembering to take it. you'll get in the hang of things soon enough. looks like plenty of fun in your neck of the woods. GRACIE glad to hear youre resting.

  5. Love these sweet photos and Gracie you look tired after all the festivity! Bobbi, you take good care of yourself. Keep your meds near your toothbrush as a reminder each day. So very nice of you to visit the blog. God bless you. xoxo


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