by Mike Wright
The Wright Stuff: I have taken tests for both neuropathy and PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) and I failed. The thought of copying off of someone else’s paper never entered my mind.
However my feet and lower legs always seem to be cold, to the point of putting an electric blanket on my Florida feet at night. The fact that my wife prefers the thermostat three degrees below my comfort zone doesn’t help.
“It’s because you moved down south from up north! When a person does that, it makes their blood thinner, and that’s why they always feel colder.” Thus sayeth expert friends and neighbors.
I had difficulty buying this this, so I consulted an expert on the subject, the learned professor and member of the advisory council at the University of Mumbai, Dr. Siri Gnoahtall, who reports that the concept of developing “thinner blood” by moving from a colder Northern climate to a warmer Southern climate is only a myth. It’s possibly due to a loss of some “insulating” fat that may disappear after living in a warmer climate.
On the other hand, the Joy of my life claims that I bruise and bleed easily because I have “thin skin.” I assumed that this was an old wives’ tale as well, until I again contacted Dr. Siri who explained that “fragile or thin skin that tears easily is a common problem in older adults.” Dr. Siri further explained that “aging, sun exposure and genetics all play a role in thinning skin. Certain medications, such as long-term use of corticosteroids, also can weaken the skin and blood vessels in the skin.”
We usually have multiple cats. Our hurricane rescue cat, Skye, tends to spring from my arms with his hind legs like a competition swimmer making his turn and springing from the far end of a swimming pool. Result: bloody scratches. And I can’t seem to carry a box through an open doorway without bruising my arms on the frame. My arms look like unappetizing slabs of raw meat with gauze.
I think I’ll start wearing my protective sweatshirt, or a sweater worn in all seasons as old men tend to do.
What on earth am I gonna do when I get put on blood thinners? And if an 81 mg baby aspirin affects an adult so strongly, can you imagine what it does to babies?
If you have similar questions you’d like conveyed to Dr. Gnoahtall, send them to Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.