Just something I’ve wondered.
I turn 43 in a few days. Up until sometime in my late 30s or so I could hit the snooze alarm on my bladder as often as needed within reason without any real problem. From the time my sensory butler first presented me with the “I could pee if an opportunity should an opportunity present itself now or in the near future” carte de visite from my bladder I could almost always safely wait until a convenient break- at least until after a meeting adjourned or a class broke- 30 minutes or an hour, no problemo. Today from that first notice to “gimme a Gatorade bottle or point me to a corner, don’t care which, but NOWWWW!” I’ve usually got 5-10 minutes, with 10 minutes being tops. I’m not incontinent (save for a really embarassing bad judgment call in Atlanta rush hour traffic jam last year when I couldn’t pull over for almost an hour- damn- just the memory makes me blush**) but I do know that even if I’m in an important meeting or teaching a class to go ahead and make exit to make water as soon as possible without waiting for someone also to call break.
I haven’t had any major fluctuation in weight, diet, blood sugar, or anything else healthwise and I have a prostate check with my yearly exam- nothing unusual. My doctor didn’t seem particularly concerned over it but then he’s rarely concerned over much of anything save his co-pay (not an especial favorite person of mine, he). So I’m wondering if this is one of those things like my recent @(#$8@ing bifocal prescription that says “welcome to middle age” or an “it happens to all men sometimes, don’t worry… it’ll be better next time” matter or if its something I should have checked. I’d also be curious to learn if women have more of an “It’s time to go… now” experience when they reach “a certain age”. (I know they do during pregnancy of course, but I’m talking when not expecting.)
Thanks for any input on your outgo.
*I cannot get used to the mothers. I’ve had them for a month and it’s still like a mescaline trip; I’m currently wearing my old prescription.
**Today I drain the lizard before getting into traffic and or take a Gatorade [or other widemouthed] bottle as a precaution before going through a city of any size.