The older I get, the more words I need to commit to memory. Pulmonary distress, gastric reflux, embolisms, fissures and now fistulas. All are becoming a new vocabulary for me. Mind you, as a word nerd, I love these things. Cool ways of spelling ugly conditions and making them seem pretty. If only that were true.
Perhaps if I looked old, these things would be tolerable because old people get them. I just don't look old enough ... Personally, I am rooting for looking old because it will give me the acceptance I need to deal with aging issues for my body instead of denying it by looking at my body image.
Until then I will re-read the classic Lewis Carroll comment on old age:
Lewis Carroll: You Are Old, Father William