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Feeling older than I did

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nanasam Thu 11-Oct-18 11:03:49

I had my NHS health check yesterday. I count myself fortunate that I don't take much medication and feel very fit and healthy with no major aches and pains.

I was chatting and laughing with the nurse, saying 'no' to all the usual 'have you had...' questions, whereupon she said "well, you ARE sprightly".

Excuse me - sprightly SPRIGHTLY ???? I always thought that was said to old people. My DM, at 96 had it said to her on many occasions. I felt older when I came out of the surgery!

Anyone had a 'compliment' that didn't quite hit the mark, or am I being a bit sensitive? I am 70 so I suppose I must seem old to the 45ish nurse!

winterwhite Thu 11-Oct-18 11:25:01

Asked to 'confirm' my age at a recent hospital appointment I said 73. 'Well!', was the response 'You could easily pass for 72!'

MawBroon Thu 11-Oct-18 13:50:19

“Damned with faint praise?” grin

NanaMacGeek Thu 11-Oct-18 14:10:10

I recently attended the phlebotomist in hospital for a routine bloodtest. I was asked for my date of birth but the phlebotomist evidently had trouble finding it. I gave it again and she looked at me and said that she'd made me 10 years younger by looking for the wrong year of birth. She then added that I could easily have been 10 years younger! My favourite phlebotomist!!!

Jane10 Thu 11-Oct-18 14:27:33

A 'friend' once told me that I was very smart in my own way!

ninathenana Thu 11-Oct-18 14:32:26

I don't walk as fast or as far as I used to. Wandering around a large shopping centre with DD I joked that maybe I need an electric scooter.
"I've been waiting for it" replied DD seriously !

paddyann Thu 11-Oct-18 15:12:21

You look fantastic...for your age .

Nonnie Thu 11-Oct-18 15:34:06

What is old? When does one become elderly? I think it is always 10 years older than the person asking the question.

Came back from town on the bus today with the grumblers and decided we will never get like that. One man was really beastly to the driver because the bus was late and 2 came at once. I thought the driver was very restrained. I really wanted to suggest to the man that it could be the second bus that was late and why would any bus driver be deliberately late but I restrained myself, Having sat by the window I was joined by another grumbler who complained that the driver didn't give her time to sit down. So the driver is supposed to wait for passengers to sit down but also not get behind the timetable. Hmm

mcem Thu 11-Oct-18 16:24:31

Feeling out of sorts and exhausted while recovering from a broken leg, I was surprised when my gp said we'd get me back to normal very soon as I was 'young and fit'. I questioned this and pointed out I 'd recently turned 70!
"Ah, but you're a young fit 70 and that's what we'll get you back to!"
I'm happy with that and greatly encouraged!

ChaosIncorporated Thu 11-Oct-18 18:37:21

In my 50's, I visited my ex MIL, whom I had not see for about 6 years (post divorce, and living overseas). The welcome has entered the family annals! "you are looking exceptionally well, dear, and you have aged into your face at last"

Just as well I loved her.