Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ok, so you are going to live. Now what?
I'm trying to remember a time in my life when I would have been anywhere near as delighted as this woman with the discovery that I was less likely to die in the very near future. Nowadays I take comments from my doctor that I seem to be doing fine and that there are no obvious danger signs that jump from the results of my physical with a "meh, whatever" or even a sense of sadness that I've got no reason to believe that this is going to end any time soon.
This is what "you're healthy and if you continue to be healthy you are going to live a great many more years" means for more and more Americans:
A. you can't retire because you are going to be elderly longer than you thought- plan for twenty-five years instead of fifteen like your parents did.
B. no matter how hard you work, you are probably going to outlive your money and die in poverty. Aren't you glad you're healthy?
C. if you want to stay healthy, better keep shelling out what little money you have for this expensive drug, because it's what's keeping you artificially healthy. When you can't afford it, your Cholesterol is going through the roof, which at least will take care of problems A and B.
The people in this ad seem to have so much to live for- the news that their chlorestorol level has fallen is greeted with high-fives and fist-pumps and "YES!" and clear demonstrations that they love their lives so very much, the news that they are going to be hanging around for awhile is Just Unbelievably Awesome Yay Crestor.
I guess I kind of envy them.
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