I’m an Old Lady; Leave me Alone Already!










Oh for heaven’s sake, stop with the hormones to be replaced forever more. Honestly I believe if God wanted female hormones to race through our blood streams forever, it would already be in the process.

I know big bad and loud criticism for what I think will come booming in, but I have to say what I have to say and forever more I shall be mute on the subject.

Oh yes, you have demonstrated a great loss in bone mass and you will have to take a supplement. Ok, so I did take one dose of Foxomex and became terribly ill. So no more of that, right? For the last 40 years and more I have been chastised for not taking big doses of Calcium, plus all of the new shots being made available. Gosh if you are allergic to the one that lasts a year, you could be conceivably very ill for a whole year.

I think the body when it ages, knows what it is doing. If you fill it with hormones when it is trying to slough them off, you are going against what your body is showing and telling you.

Whole Foods opened near me, so I decided to go for the recommendation of Raw Calcium, nice size dose and low and behold, I received one of the most vicious face break outs and for weeks now I have been pealing. My scalp is covered in a cap of dandruff and it is painful to comb my hair. Quit the large, extra large doses of calcium and vitamin D3, but there is no rest or relief from this female aging thing. I knew this volatile blog is going out to you and I feel relieved and very peppy this morning. Thank you for this opportunity to share.

Now large doses of Premarin have been prescribed and not taken. You are howling, not taken, you went against your doctor’s orders? Yep, I did and do. Why?

Why, because I am going to take a few moments and write to you some of the side effects of taking Premarin, and if any one of them is a pick for you, let me know which one. Heart attack, stroke, Blood clots, Dementia, Breast Cancer, Cancer of the lining of the uterus, Ovarian Cancer, High Blood Pressure, High blood sugar, Gallbladder disease, Liver problems, Enlargement of benign tumors of the Uterus (fibroids) and a severe allergic reaction. Here are a few of the less common side effects. Also, Swollen lips, tongue and face, Headache, Irregular vaginal bleeding, Nausea and vomiting, HAIR LOSS, Fluid retention and or vaginal yeast infection. And in ending this list they state that these are not all the possible side effects of Premarin and if you want more call 1-800-438-1985.   I’m convinced once again. Thank you for reading thus far.

I want you to look up the side effects of Fosamax and do not tell me all of them, but they neglect to mention anywhere about your shinbones shattering for no reason and your jawbone begins disintegrating.

I write as the elderly lady who dyes her hair black that my doctor sees as he/now she is still prescribing drugs I have refused. You want me to ingest this poison, inject it, shove it up my female reproductive organ and surely what I do have left will fade away as well. We will whither whether we take this poo poo or not. Is this what you are thinking or are you worried, what if I get too much of this and that and keel over in death? Well, let us discuss this in the comment section.

So if I do or do not use these drugs I will dry up and blow away? I only hope it is that easy. The natural process of female aging is to reduce the productions of hormones and reduce the bone mass. Do you know doctors are still comparing your bone mass and numbering the gain or loss with 30 year olds bones and looks like they intend to forever? I am an old lady going in the direction nature proposes, so leave me alone is all I can muster. Any which way you want to look at it; you are going to the great beyond, sooner or later. You want to go kicking and yelling, or do you want to lie down and let someone else make your choices?

Our doctor retired, so we have a new doctor. I’ve never met her, but requested and took a blood test to have results ready when I go for my appointment with her. Her office called three times and to their despair I was not home. They finally told me in the morning that I have to start on a statin immediately. Really? I want to say, Go to hell, but I see where you are reading a 220-cholesterol level and forgetting to see that I have 70 HDL. When did that stop counting? My doctor for years has been telling me that I have a 4% chance of a heart attack and NOTHING has changed. For a 4% chance, you take the Statin and I’ll take my chances. I have been informed that I am a year older now and that raises my chances to 15%.

There is also the other side of the coin isn’t there? You are the ones who hope the present fight against aging works for you and so do I. But in the meantime, I believe I am on the right path for me. Aging is a crapshoot and who can predict how you and I will proceed.

Before you go off half-cocked, let me tell you I know very little about drugs and their importance. But I do know many of them are so very important. Seriously you and I might be rolled up in a ball not able to function without them. I am only spouting my fear and thoughts on Hormone Replacement Therapy and now looking into Statins for a person with a 4% chance of a heart attack.

God Bless all of us, old and young alike.


20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joyce Hopping Rettela
    Aug 23, 2016 @ 17:41:16

    Aren’t you/we too old for hormone replacement whatever? You make me laugh. Glad I haven’t had any drug reactions like you have experienced. Had my every five year bone scan last week. Have to call for the results. What’s with us losing our doctors. Mine just left also. Are we outliving them? That is good, yes? Get a young one! I just hope the new one has all my medical history in front of her when I see her the end of November. I wouldn’t want to have to tell her, don’t remember half anyway. Do for yourself what you think is best, dear Sheila. Remember, doctors are practicing, on US!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Aug 24, 2016 @ 11:31:42

      WE may be outliving our doctors and what I hope is that they are going for retirement. When you have to find a new doctor it is upsetting. And yes, most of the GP’s are little girls. Ours is very sweet and seems to cover the territory. I want to share your response that doctor’s certainly are practicing on us, well, until we grow up and try to stand up to some of their methods.
      Love you Joyce for 65 years, since our Bluebirds. Oh I remember some of those days crystal clear.
      Sheila says, thank you!!!!


  2. tom
    Aug 23, 2016 @ 17:46:08

    love your words of wisdom….tom


  3. nuala ryan
    Aug 23, 2016 @ 19:00:12

    You are a riot…send a copy to the Medical Association or SteveLopez, columnist for the LA Times might need a substitute now and then.
    I miss you!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Aug 24, 2016 @ 11:26:09

      Oh you tell the truth my dear. I should send it on somewhere to open some eyes. Let us take over thinking about our health. I miss you too. Have some very special books to return to you. Someone else will enjoy as have I.


  4. Misty Malter
    Aug 23, 2016 @ 21:54:09

    Sheila you’re a delight and joy to read!! I love your thought process and the way you put it to paper. I always feel as though we’re having a real conversation!! The best!!!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Aug 24, 2016 @ 13:59:54

      Misty: Dear Misty: Thank you so much for commenting on this blog. I makes me so happy to think we are having a conversation while you are reading. What a joy to read your thoughts and hear you enjoy my thoughts. I do so worry…but you have made me feel so proud.


  5. etty10
    Aug 24, 2016 @ 10:09:24

    OMG How true is that! !! We all moving the sane direction. If nothing hurts and ypu feel good according to your age, why take unnecessary drugs that doctors so rush to push on you, not telling that you will be taking them for rest of your life, mostly distroing your body.
    Thank you, Sheila!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Aug 24, 2016 @ 11:24:09

      You are so much younger, and you already know the truth. I am so proud of you and thank you so very much for commenting! What a great friend and I so appreciate your telling how you feel!!!


  6. nancy Cousins
    Aug 25, 2016 @ 07:25:02

    I agree with you Sheila-In my opinion……many of these drugs have some very frightening side effects that you may or may not experience. Statin drugs are no different and are handed out frequently -often without looking at the cholesterol HDL/LDL ratios.

    The FDA’s advice to patients and healthcare professionals include:

    -a warning that statins may cause cognitive impairment. These issues include memory loss, confusion, and forgetfulness.
    -a notice that routine liver enzyme monitoring is no longer necessary. Liver enzyme tests were used for decades as a way to catch potential liver damage. However, the FDA has found that these checks are not effective. The new recommendation: doctors should perform a liver enzyme test before statin use begins. Then patients should be checked again if symptoms of liver damage appear.
    -a warning that people taking statins may experience increased blood sugar levels and may develop type 2 diabetes. People taking statins should have their blood-sugar levels checked regularly.
    -a warning that patients taking lovastatin, a type of statin medication, are at risk for muscle damage. Patients taking this type of medicine should be aware of this possible drug interaction.

    very important to know all the side effects of these drugs. Pharmacists are great resources .
    make informed decisions on what drugs you wish to ingest .


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Aug 25, 2016 @ 11:10:53

      Totally brilliant dear Nancy. I’ve now read your twice, printed it to show Skip AND you agree with me. So wonderful. I just got home from seeing a little girl Dermatologist and she is wonderful and so helpful. Maybe I was too quick to judge the little girl doctors. I have never been happier with my treatment. Older girls started out as little girls and I shall change my tune. Thanking you again for writing this info to anyone who is skeptical on taking a Statin at any age. Too scary and besides they have upped the cost of epei pens 400% here in the US.
      My goodness gracious.Sheila. Love to you…and a great big thank you!!!!!


  7. Sheryl
    Aug 28, 2016 @ 11:51:01

    This is such an important conversation, and in my opinion you are quite wise.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Aug 28, 2016 @ 12:02:34

      I thank you for your comment agreeing with my point of view. It was hard to see anything else. I do so worry for some others who will go along not knowing they have choices and opportunities to discover more about their conditions. I am finished worrying about our retiring doctor, because I am thrilled with the young doctors we now have and their approaches. I especially like that they listen to and agree with a patients point of view. Love to you.


  8. Elaine
    Aug 30, 2016 @ 15:08:02

    Right on!


  9. Mona Gustafson Affinito
    Sep 06, 2016 @ 10:19:58

    I just noticed this, Sheila. Don’t you just love the way they mutter all the potential side effects soto voce on the TV ads while joyful music plays intending to convince you you’ll die a slow death, or something, if you don’t take that hazardous stuff.

    Thanks for this


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Sep 06, 2016 @ 10:57:22

      Mona, Oh thank you for bringing up the sotto voce on the TV ads. How can there be so many drugs for all of these things. Not a single doctor has recommended anything I have seen on TV? You too? What do you call the vo;ce that captures hundreds of words in a minute? It does take practice. I enjoy your blogs and love you book: Figs and Pomegranates. Such a pleasure to enjoy.


      • Mona Gustafson Affinito
        Sep 06, 2016 @ 14:28:20

        What you say is always so complimentary. Thanks.
        As for the drugs. Do you think it’s even possible for any doctor to keep up on all the drugs with their potential effects on their own or mixed with other things? I sometimes think they no longer have the time to really be healers.

        Personally I feel very fortunate to afford working with a nutritionist, so I take no medications whatsoever. (But the supplements do include calcium.)

  10. armor
    Sep 07, 2016 @ 15:51:29

    It is not possible for doctor’s to keep up, so insurance companies have formularies and they tell you what you can and cannot have. so being with a nutritionist is brilliant. GREAT idea. WE belong to Kaiser Permanente and once you hit 65 they take you off of every joy you have EVER had. Big fight, no crack in their armour.
    Need to go privately on special problems. WE have not had to yet!!!!


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