?ì¬ùare known to shrink some, but not a tall cowpoke who hasn t hit 50. Must ve been a defective yardstick.

?ù The rest of the exam went fairly well until the doctor brought up the suggestion to have a colonoscopy. Now for you youngsters out there, a colonoscopy is when a medical technician runs a plumber s snake with a tiny camera attached all the way up through your digestive tract to see if anything is off kilter. You can even keep the snapshots if you like. Well, I wouldn t consider that procedure as a Kodak Moment, and they can keep the pictures.

Luckily for me, I m several months away from my 50th birthday, and I told the doc I ll think about it then. With my poor memory, I wouldn t be surprised to forget to have it done. I guess I should have it done, though. As W.C. Fields once said, There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation. 

Speaking of old age disease, there s been a lot of talk of male menopause.  It s bad enough to turn gray and arthritic, now we risk going through menopause just like a woman. I m not sure what age this starts, but I m afraid I may have it. Seems like every time I stepped outside this past summer, I had me one of those hot flashes. Dang, what s next?

All in all, my quasi-annual physical wasn t too bad, except when the doctor asked how long has it been since I had a tetanus shot. I forgot to study my vaccine history the night before the exam, so I was caught with my pants down. (Actually that happened earlier) So I was thinking, if the tetanus vaccine is good for 10 years, I ll say I had one fiv e years ago. I guess I pondered my answer a little too long because the good doctor said, Let s go ahead and give you another.  Sure, why not. A shot in the arm will be icing on the cake.

Remember when I said I don t mind needles? Well, I lied. I hate needles, and I still don t like exams. I m not too fond of this aging process, neither.

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