Tuesday, August 9, 2016

You're Probably Around My Age If...

...your doctor or dentist or optometrist, and so on, looks young enough to be your son or daughter.


I've been noticing this a lot lately. This big age difference between them and me. It started with my optometrist who looks like he's in his 20s. I felt my age the day I met him.

My next encounter was at the dental clinic I've been going to since we moved here in 2009. My dentist left the clinic last year and another one came in and took over his patients. When the new one walked in to check my teeth after the cleaning, I wondered how he could be practicing dentistry when he couldn't possibly be more than...18.

Last month I made a doctor's appointment and - because my GP was on holiday - I was seen by one of the doctors replacing her while she's away. A young one. Very young. She looked about the age of my older daughter who turned 24 in June. And if that.

All these young people are up and coming. And it's truly wonderful to see the youth and enthusiasm and knowledge of the latest techniques and innovations. The reminder that I'm getting older by the minute? Not so much.

Have you noticed this?

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  1. Oh, yeah. Babies. They're ALL babies!

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  2. YES. Just yesterday I was in a deli, and three police officers came in. One of them looked like he was 17. I wanted to go up to him and say, "does your mother know what you're doing??"

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    1. HAHAHA! That is funny. Those thoughts cross my mind, too :)

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  3. LOL! The entire world looks young. I can remember thinking as a small child how old everyone in the world looked. That seems impossibly long ago. Have a great day, my friend!

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  4. I remember my Mom telling me. If you see a policeman looking young as 18. Then you know life is progressing fast for me. Thanks Mom. I said.

    Now what you write. I am inclined to believe it more so. My Mm has passed on and I am seeing it in policemen, doctors even my eye Specialist and my Bone Specialsit. Geeeeeeeeeeish.

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    1. The older we get, the younger all these individuals will seem!

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  5. Aging is hard sometimes, but it is better than the alternative.

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  6. I so agree with you. As I am older than you, you can imagine how young some of these people appear to me. The older I get, the more the masses look like teenagers.

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    1. They look so young, Cheryl! I smile every time I meet one of them and think "I wonder if I know her/his mother" LOL...

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  7. yes I have been noticing the same thing!

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    1. It'll become more and more like this over the years!

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  8. I have noticed that and people just around me generally are younger than me (I'm 58). That's why I loved living in Prescott, it was mainly a retirement community so we looked young, LOL. I often think it is good to have a young health care provider. They are fresh out of school with the recent developments, medicines, etc., and usually trying to be more thorough than someone who has been around for a bit (or at least my opinion of what I've seen :)

    betty

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    1. I totally agree with you, Betty! The young people have so much to offer. The doctor I saw last month was amazing. And she had the most wonderful bedside manner. She will make an excellent physician!

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  9. When I had my hysterectomy I am pretty sure my anesthesiologist was 11.

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  10. I've noticed it too.
    More of these youngsters are holding doors open for me!
    Do I look that old?

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  11. all of mine are much older of course

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  12. I first noticed it with a physio I had a few years ago. He was a very good looking young Canadian boy, looked around 20, and I felt like his mother as I sat there in my bra.

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    1. HAHAHA! I've had moments like that, Natalie. It's a little weird :)

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  13. You'll have to get used to it. For me, most of the people who die are younger than I am.

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    1. Every stage has new things we have to get used to!

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  14. My dentist died last December (early 60's, died while playing tennis). They had someone close to his age as a temporary replacement for my last cleaning. This month, the new dentist was there.
    She is a young, no...make that VERY young woman and for the first time, I wanted to say to a medical person, "I'm sorry, how old are you?". Of course, I didn't, I just opened wide!!
    When I told my Dad this, he said, "you should be MY age." :-)

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    1. HAHAHA...I love your dad's comment! I can just imagine how young everyone looks to him.

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  15. Yup all still wet behind the ears we say here . Guess they are now replacing the retired or worse passed on medical staff . Oh well as long as they do their job doesn't matter to me I tell them whats what anyways as I know my body better then anyone and all is in my files . Thanks for sharing Have a good day !

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    1. It's time for the upcoming generations to start running the show. It's their turn!

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  16. Oh yes! They're everywhere!! In my head I feel maybe 30 but then remember my real age when I see the new generation taking over.

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  17. Oh my gosh...yes! And football games- the kids look SO young! ...and sales clerks...all way too young. LOL! I refuse to admit that it is I who is getting older, so it must be them who are getting younger.

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  18. Thankfully we still have old farts in my neighbourhood, lol. So no young ones yet. But seriously, I'm not sure I'd want to be dealt with by someone who doesn't look old enough to be out of medical/dental school.

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    1. It's all a matter of perspective. I don't mind. They are fresh out of school and everything they've learned is right up front. Plus, they up to par with the latest technologies and most recent discoveries. So they do have a lot to offer. The older ones do, too, but some of them have lost their enthusiasm and whatever decent bedside manner they had!

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    2. Not from what my mother experienced in hospital.

      Mostly older ones treated her well, the younger ones treated her like shit, and she told me a lot of stuff happened, including the younger ones got drunk on duty and ate patient's chocolates and raided their cupboards...plus the younger ones lied to me back in December when she was taken in by ambo and they rang me up five hours later to come and pick her up as there was "nothing wrong with her" even though she'd had gastro for two weeks and was 74 years of age and sick. So I get there and pick her up and then she got sick in the carpark and had to be readmitted. Then they dropped her on the ground in the carpark and chipped her hip which has resulted in pain ever since. Plus if she hadn't put her arm out to protect herself she would have smashed her head into the ground. Then they would have had a lawsuit on their hands.

      Let me tell you, the younger doctors here have done nothing but screw her up and they ballsed up everything, including not reporting some of her conditions last time round. They didn't put vital information in her charts or tell their superiors. Plus she had, in her words, big tall african male nurses, which scared the shit out of her, being 74 and not wanting a male nurse.

      Plus they lied to her about me, how they couldn't contact me and they wouldn't let her home because I wasn't there. She told them I was because I lived there. Turns out, they had been calling my cell phone (which I didn't give them permission to) which was turned off the whole time, instead of the home number.

      And then there was how the in-home rehab people treated her and us for three weeks. My god, dictatorship much. One nurse freaked out because we weren't home on time after a hospital visit. She even rang the hospital to find out what time we had left. Never mind the fact we had to make another appointment and wait 15 minutes for records to be printed out, and then we went and had lunch, then did some shopping. Jesus, she was an idiot.

      Basically, the young ones could have killed her several times over and they should all be sacked. People are quite appalled when I tell them what happened to her. They left her battered and bruised as you saw.

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    3. That is horrible! I'm sorry your mom had to go through all that. Experiences absolutely come into play about how we feel about these things. I still won't generalize about one age group or another. I've met good and bad apples from one end of the spectrum to the other. Younger, selfish reckless people and older, jaded, dogmatic individuals. I don't believe it's age as much as it is attitude/personality/characteristics. And much of that is affected by experiences, work environment, home life and, dare I say it, upbringing, amongst other things. Good apples, bad apples have no age assigned to them. They are everywhere.

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  19. Hahaha, yes, and true. It's like they are all 12. But, that includes you because that last picture you posted of yourself, good grief, you look 12.

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  20. "your doctor or dentist or optometrist, and so on, looks young enough to be your son or daughter."

    This eventually happens to us all. LOL!

    Have a great Friday night and a super weekend too

    All the best Jan

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    1. It does happen to all of us eventually, Jan! I remember when I was a young girl thinking how old everyone looked. Now I'm on the flip side! LOL...

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