Sunday, 8 February 2009

That Crazy Thing Called Life

Life is unpredictable, isn't it?

She lived through two World Wars, rode a motorbike into her 60s and smoked right up until her 90th birthday. This week the family of Preston's oldest woman will pay their last respects to Hilda Nichols, who died on January 28 aged 107.

... very unpredictable.

Ronald M. Davis, MD, the immediate past president of the American Medical Association and a longtime advocate of healthy lifestyles and ending health care disparities, died Nov. 6 of pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

Life is to be enjoyed, not agonised over.

That's all.


Sue said...

Indeed. Unfortunately the UK government is going drive everyone into an early grave through stress!

Cate Munro said...

Hear Hear Dick! That's why I'm on my 4th glass of PG this evening! ;-)

Dick the Prick said...

Great stat, fuck healthy.

Anonymous said...

Because of the job that I do, the issue of premature death comes up. I can't remember the number of times clients have said that they know someone who has died prematurely (usually male, in their 40s, non-smokers, moderate drinkers, played 5 a side football twice a week from which they came home one eveing, sat down and promptly died).

Of those who give me hell for smoking, I ask why I should want to prolong my life for a few years, to spend it, most probably, in a care home being looked after by someone on the minimum wage who can't get anything else

Now, if I could spend that extra few years at an age of my choosing....


banned said...

Wasn't it the recently deceased John Mortimer who said that " There is nothing worth giving up just to have an extra two years in a geriatric home "
Quite right too.
All of my grandparents drank and smoked ( in moderation ), most lasted into their late 80's.

When will the government understand, we are not interested in their poxy alcohol 'safe limits' guidlines ?

Anonymous said...

When I wrote to my MP about the smoking ban she replied that it had been introduced to ease the burden of the tax payers of the future!!!

No doubt the drinking and obesity 'crises' to be 'resolved' are there for the same reason. It seems we must all stay healthy so that our money isn't wasted on treatments 'necessitated' by our lifestyle choices (and probably so that we can be used as cash cows to an increasing age).

I don't understand where HMG gets the figures from which it calculates that it's cheaper for us all to live (barring bad luck) to 100.

Are we to see a new NHS which doesn't treat the sick so much as advise on health?


PS I'd like to make it clear that the reason that the issue of premature death comes up in my job is not because I'm a professional murderer LOL