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Old 12-23-2019, 03:06 PM
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Oh dear, is it a sign od advanced years?

In Spring this year, Peter, my optician who has looked after my eyes for maybe 25 years, got ill and had to retire. I spent about three times as much this year and they aren't as good as his specs.

A coupla months ago Phil my dentist who I've been going to for a few decades, suddenly retired the Monday before my check up. The woman who took over the practice was horrible, I walked out. Then a front tooth broke. I took some advice, and went to, a very nice chap but seemingly the most expensive dentist in town - £1500 for a single tooth?

I've been awaiting a quite to build me a new desktop by the Sia, a Persian chap who has become a friend, but have heard nothing. Then saw a sign in his shop window - closed indefinitely through ill-health (he had mentioned to me that he had "gentleman's problems").

Even Justin my GP is starting to look pretty fed up!

I'm too old to find other good folks.

Anybody else identify with this?
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:21 PM
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While it's sad to contemplate your own mortality, I believe that an ancient Greek philosopher once said that "change is the only constant in life." I feel there are bigger concerns regarding the beliefs that things should stay the same forever as well as younger generations being doomed to repeat historical mistakes by not being students of history.
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:26 PM
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You know you're getting up there when you start addressing cops as "young fella".
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:47 PM
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Oh my yes! Iím now with my second cardiologist and he mentioned retiring and moving to Wyoming at my last visit.

My oral surgeon that had addressed the gums on one side retired before I could get him to do the other side. At least my new young guy plays guitar.

My family doctor just retired and I get to meet my new 30ish doc next month.

Iím sure the young guys will be fine, but Iím not so sure they can relate with my conditions as well as the docs that were closer to my age.

Andy, 1500 doesnít sound that bad. Over here one molar implant including extraction, sinus lift and bone grafting ran several times that amount. I may not be able to run and ski like I used to, but by gosh I can still eat with the best of them!
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Old 12-23-2019, 03:54 PM
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Same here. My doc retired and I had to search for a new one. Then my best friend's wife, who is (was) my dentist asked for a divorce (he's my best friend, she's not), so once again I'm in a search. Fortunately, my ortho (hip and knee replacements, and a scope last week) is on the young side. Yes. mortality sucks, but at least, for now, we wake up on the correct side of the dirt, as they say.
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Just remember that things will be okay in the end. If things aren't okay then, it isn't the end.
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Old 12-23-2019, 05:03 PM
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My GP is probably 25 years younger than me, my dentist is even younger. My eye doctor is probably in his 30s as is my guitar teacher. I think I'm set, thank God.
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Yes. Iíve got pale Irish skin, so a skin cancer risk. I need to visit my dermatologist once a year for him to check me out. He retired 3 years ago.
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Virtually everyone I work with is 40 or younger. I'm 64.

There's definite evidence of a generation gap in many things (not least in my immediate manager, who's easily young enough to be my son) - but I was there once, and it's silly to hold his age against him. Not his fault. I'm doing my best to train him

I have two sons - one, 28, has just finished his PhD in Organic Chemistry, and is moving from Minnesota to New Jersey to take a position with a pharmaceutical research company. My younger one, 26, has a great job at a local marketing company as a project coordinator - and a degree in Japanese with a JLPT N2 qualification.

I'm inordinately proud of both of them, and it seems churlish for me to look down on others who are on their own journey through the same generational divides.
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Old 12-23-2019, 06:47 PM
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Yes in a sense.

My general practitioner referred me to a neurologist a couple of weeks ago for a minor hand tremor; I was concerned that it was Parkinson's as my grandmother had that awful disease. I'm in my mid 60's and even though I'm active I realize that I'm not as bulletproof as I was.

I got to the appointment and in walks this drop dead gorgeous woman (the Dr.), maybe mid 30's. We made immediate eye contact - I felt like a kid again. And then I realized how old I was and what I was doing there. Well then. I waited until I got back to my car to let out a belly laugh.

The good news is it's not Parkinson's.
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A wild childhood friend of my daughter is a PA now. Married to a doctor of coarse. My wife and I were out and ran into them and we ended up in a strip club. So yea times are changing.
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Old 12-23-2019, 11:46 PM
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I do identify, yes.

My wife's OB/GYN retired recently. He delivered our youngest daughter and was my wife's doctor for the last 38 years. It was sad to see him retire, but then I had just retired the year before. How could I blame him?

I have a very good Internal Medicine doctor who is in his late 40s. So I am lucky there.

Our dentist of the last 40 years retired. The guy who bought the dental practice was horrible, so we signed up with a new, younger dentist and he is terrific. The orthopedic surgeon who did both my hip joint replacements is in his 40s and he is very good.

So, the younger generation is picking up the slack pretty well for my wife and I. Regardless of generation, you have to find the right people. You can't have everyone in the top 10% of the bell curve.

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Old 12-24-2019, 04:08 AM
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No, I donít relate, happy to say. My doctor is in his early 30s, my dentistís office is full of youngsters, my eye doctor is mid-late 40s and the general surgeon that just did my hernia is ďin for another 25Ē he says. They will all outlive me.

My only shortfall is with my vet. He was just jailed for selling drugs for the last 15+ years or so. Iíve been going to him for years. Too bad I didnít know he was a vet! Could have had my pets looked after!
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My GP is an old friend (knew him for a long time before he was my doc) whoís about my age, probably older. Heís down to part time, but I guess I made the cut. I expect heíll practice several more years but no guarantees. But all of the specialists I see regularly are a lot younger than I am and will probably be around to see me off, as it were.

On the other side of the ledger, my early 30ís daughter just finished her medical residency last summer and joined her first full time medical practice last month. Sheís a GP. An old doctor had just retired from the practice and she basically inherited all of his patients. You guessed it, all old men! After treating all ages through her residency, this was a bit of a shock to her as well... So, it cuts in all directions.

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...Even Justin my GP is starting to look pretty fed up!
I'm on my third GP in the last 20 years. One of them died in a scuba accident.
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