The Aging Road Rider Thread

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by everetto, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. Pantah

    Pantah Jiggy Dog Fan Supporter

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    Your solution with the trailer and all is probably what I should be doing too. I had a minor event in 2018 and I was solo in the Yukon! I just pulled over and walked myself through it. But I think about that a lot. I even have a folding stand-up trailer. Maybe I use that more. I guess there are quite a few of us out there facing these aging health issues. Thanks for your input.
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  2. drdubb

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    I’ve really struggled with what to do about riding. Just taking eliquis is enough reason to stop, but not ready yet.
  3. Pantah

    Pantah Jiggy Dog Fan Supporter

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    I get vertigo occasionally. I don't ride at all and try not to drive when get it. It usually lasts a few days. For me it is an ear fluid problem when I have some sort of cold. I've been given meds to control it but haven't used them since my first episode. I've also learned a short exercise to remove the fluid from the problem area. That worked well the last time, which was a few months ago.
  4. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    anti-histamine for vertigo helps me from my doctor
  5. drdubb

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    When I was a teen I overhear my mother and my aunt comparing their ailments. I finally asked them who was going to die to win the one up battle
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  6. Uke

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    I've been on Plavix since a stroke 2 years ago last May 20. I also had my spine rebuilt a month ago and had to put riding on hold. I expect to be riding again before Labor Day and the Fall Season in Texas.

    I'm very, very fortunate with zero ( 0 ) residual effects from the stroke. If I don't tell anyone, they'd never know. But talk about a come to Jesus moment, sitting with a neurologist reviewing a MRI of your head and hearing the words: this is where your brain died.

    Other than some meds in the morning, life is pretty much status quo, plus waiting on the spine to heal.
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  7. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    my brain has died a few times and yet here i am
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  8. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer Super Supporter

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    Drdubb, I've gotta tell you about my wing man on the MABDR. As previously mentioned, he has had difficulties with AFIB but, thank goodness, that has been fixed. Well, not long after a 2019 month-long trip we took out to the Pacific NW, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Not the type to be defeated by anything or anyone (except his wife!), he is attacking and not giving up. This trip was a test to see if we could make another Alaska run together. As you witnessed, he had some difficulties on the first day. We made the decision to leave the MABDR and ride paved roads instead. Days two & three presented issues, too. I had a very frank conversation with him in Warm Springs and suggested we call it a day. He said, "Miss Marge (his Parkinson's therapist) told me the "gremlin" is always watching for weakness. If you give up on something you want to do, he'll take it and you'll never get it back." He added, "I'm not quitting." For the next 8 days, he rode well. There were issues, at times, but he powered through.

    When we parted company, I told him that I admired and respected his courage. He gave me a quizzical look. I said, "I've witnessed bravery and courage and know the difference between them. You've demonstrated courage on this trip and I was privileged to see it." He replied, "I wouldn't say that," and I responded with, "Of course you wouldn't; you're far too humble."

    So, Dale, observe, evaluate, adapt and overcome. You'll find a way to do what you want to do.

    Mike
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  9. Uke

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    This speaks to one of my essential mottos: Life is for living.

    For those that remember the Ballad of Easy Rider: the poet (Bob Dylan) wrote: He not busy being born is busy dying.

    A tip of the hat to your wingman. Good on it for him telling Miss Marge to take a hike, while he chooses to ride, and continue to live.

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  10. drdubb

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    A very moving example. Thanks for sharing.
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  11. oldgrizz

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    I can relate with the guys here with afib.
    I have had 2 ablasion treatments.
    The first was 5 years ago and it lasted for 3 years.
    Then it started again.
    My specialist told me there have been advancements in the process so I got another one 2 years ago.
    So far so good, occasional bouts of afib but they only last for an hour or so.
    The meds I am on are.
    Act - Diltiazem.
    Rivaroxatan.
    I am not real happy to be on a blood thinner but I guess it is necessary.

    The rest of this 69 year old body.
    Left knee replaced.
    Right shoulder, reverse replacement and rotator cuff rebuild 2 years ago.
    Left shoulder, reverse replacement and rotator cuff rebuild March 2 2021.
    I am still seeing the physio terriosts and things are progressing well.
    Still hurts like hell after the exercises but she said I have better mobility with both shoulders than 80 percent of shoulder replacements.
    One annoying thing happening now is cramps in my hands.
    On my 400 km trip today on the last 100 km I had to stop and drink a bunch of water as my hands were cramping up badly.
    Hard to do fine throttle control when your hand is trying to make a claw.
    Don't know the cause of this as it is something new.
    However I will keep riding.
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    I'm lucky. I've had 2 ablations and a pacemaker. Everything is working pretty well now. No meds. Can't run track like I used to but can hike OK. I occasionally have cramps because of some edema in the legs. Sometimes in the hand. Had rotator cuff surgery, but have 100 percent movement. I've had no problems on the bikes, so I'll keep on riding. I'm only 66, though. I'm doing a lot of dual sport stuff with some 50 YO younguns. Used to ride with their dads.
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  13. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    I think my attitude with motorcycles would be much different if I had not passed out B/C of AFIB
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  14. tessalino

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    Reminds me of an old anecdote:

    BEGIN QUOTE:

    One Saturday morning, I turned the dial on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap meet. Along the way, I came across an older-sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. He sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business, I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.


    "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital." He continued, "Let me tell you something, Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities."


    "You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3,900, which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in detail," he went on, "and by that time, realized that if I lived to be seventy-five, only had about a thousand Saturdays left to enjoy."


    "So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores before I rounded up one thousand marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large clear, plastic container right here next to my gear. Every Saturday, since then, I have taken one marble and thrown it away."


    "I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight. Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign off and take my lovely wife out for breakfast."


    "This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday, then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can use is a little more time."


    You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna this morning, and then I was going to meet with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss.


    “Come on, honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast." "What brought this on?" she asked. "Oh, nothing special, it’s just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. By the way, can we stop by a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."

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  15. Boneheadnw

    Boneheadnw Been here awhile

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    I am currently less than 2 years from retirement. In my (second) career in the fire service, I have witnessed many people in their last hours of life, as well as many more in times of severe medical crisis. This has forced me to appreciate the time I have remaining with my family and friends. Take nothing for granted as it can all come to an end at any time, or possibly worse as one can be left living a life in a condition that severely limits your ability to do the things you love.

    Just my 2 cents. Stay healthy,

    Bone
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  16. Manwell

    Manwell Been here awhile

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    Good post and thank you for your service….

    As I age my respect for every day being a blessing has increased dramatically. Blessed with good health all of my life, every day is cherished. At a young 61 years old, I’ve lost friends, family and even my daughter earlier this year. Anything can happen, anytime and change your life forever. Just wishing everyone the best, stay healthy and on the right path… eat good, exercise and meditate - wait, don’t forget to get all of the two-wheel Zen as possible!!
  17. Uke

    Uke visualist Super Supporter

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    Excellent attitude and advise.

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  18. RowBust

    RowBust Long timer

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    I'm 76 and in good health, ride every day, road, dirt. I've got a lot of stuff that needs attending to, but I reason that I want to be laying on my death bed thinking of all the great rides I've done, not, I'm glad I did all of the stuff instead of riding.
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  19. Aj Mick

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    After reading several depressing posts by folks younger than me suffering from this and that, on some med and another, good to have one from a hale and hearty chap several years my senior.

    Now 68, I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was 11 (bicycles since I was 7), and reckon on getting around on two wheels for a good few more years.

    Returned to my home country expecting to get a pension after paying tax here for more than 50 years, even when working abroad. Not so say the regulations, so I have no choice but muddle along doing whatever scraps of work an over experienced but under qualified (for the world of today) old Chappy can pick up. Ill health is not an option.
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    Onya mate, lifes short, stress less, ride more
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