Two weeks after turning the big Four-O I got a haircut. Now, whenever I run my hands through my hair I find a couple between my fingers. And in my hairbrush. And in the shower drain. Oh My. this has been going on with me for years. runs hand through hair, pulls a few hairs from his fingers
I have bought size 34 waist trousers as long as I can remember. Suddenly, they are too tight. My pants leave marks on my waist. Oh God. I had to go through that a few years ago, too
Used to be, I could remember a phone number if I dialed it once…weeks or months ago. Now, I can’t remember my own cell phone number. Good God. Which is why I learned to love the magic of speed dial.
I don’t wear glasses. My vision is perfect. But I can’t read the credits running on my tv screen after the movie I just watched. Great Googly-Moogly. squiiint sorry can’t read that.
I made it to about 45 before I needed the trifocals. And I do find I pause more frequently trying to remember what the heck I was doing or where I was going. But I wouldn’t go back to my 20s for anything. The older I get, the less I care about image and what people think about me. I’m gradually turning into one of them old folks who says any outrageous thing that comes to mind - you can get away with that when you’re old. And in January, I turn 50, so I’ll get all them AARP discounts!
Second of all, I know this was really intended to be kindof a funny thread, but I hope you won’t mind if I add something in all seriousness.
Shortly after turning 40, I, too, started noticing little things like my hair and skin becoming dryer, I was putting on weight for the first time in my life, my joints ached, I was becoming more forgetful, I was crankier than usual, I felt a wee bit depressed, and I tired more easily. Like you, I chalked all those symptoms up to “getting older” – it happens, so just live with it. Well, while age might have had something to do with my condition, it had nothing to do with my symptoms. IOW, there was a reason besides mere age that I was suffering all those things – hypothyrodism.
I finally got tired of being tired and forgetful and cranky and depressed and my hair falling out and getting fatter and joint pain (amongst other things), so I went to the doctor for a complete physical and asked him to check my TSH levels. Sure enough, they were sky high (see the above link for an explanation of what that means). I just started on thyroid hormone replacement and already I can feel a big difference!
So while it’s fun to make fun of getting older, if you’re seriously experiencing the symptoms you describe in your OP, there’s no harm in getting a checkup and a simple blood test.
Again, Happy Birthday! And may our '40s be the best decade yet!
When I turned 40 (4 years ago), I dyed my hair orange and got goats. I can hardly wait to see what I come up with for fifty.
And there are a lot of hot 50+ year olds around, never mind you young 40 year old types. And they’re nowhere near as old as they were some years ago. And it’s not just because I can’t see them as well. Really. It’s not. Actually I think that men in their early to mid 50’s are incredibly sexy. I have for a long time. And now that I know so many more of them, it’s not for the same reasons I thought it would be. But I still find them very attractive. Go figure.