Health, of course, is crucial to any kind of useful life. Mine has gone up and down too many times to count, and is presently in one of the 'down' cycles.
Overt issue: Hips
The left hip has gotten bad enough that I don't think it will get better again. I am seriously considering a hip replacement this year. In the meantime the left knee has become uncomfortably unreliable. I'm hoping that *that*, at least, is reversible.
A few weeks ago, I worked intensively with contact cement, laying floor tile in Daughter's kitchen. Since then, I've had extreme difficulty with both hips, the knee problem developed, I've been depressed, tired, and had difficulty thinking.
Daughter recommended Dr. Mark Hyman's UltraThyroid Solution, and this does appear to address the problem. I bought the books ($20) and am working on following the guidelines.
Symptoms I have which are indicative of hypothyroidism:
loss of sex drive
cold hands and feet
low blood pressure
muscle fatigue and pain
very low basal body temperature
difficulty getting up in the morning
exposure to environmental toxins
I think I'm a very high risk candidate!
Other physical issues:
I have very good skin. I was born with it, and then stayed out of the sun all my life. I could pass easily for 15 years younger than I am. But I haven't been taking care of my face the way I should, and it shows. I know from experience that if I use my Mary Kay daily, it will improve my appearance drastically. So I'm going to start doing that.
I'm keeping a record of weight, basal temperature, and blood sugar starting today.