Everyone I know, has registered shock at the suicide of Gill Pharoah. Why? When most of them believe assisted suicide to be a human right almost.
After thinking about it for several days, I decided our shock is not that she committed suicide, but that she committed suicide for reasons everyone of us oldies experience most days and cope with. She committed suicide for so little.
And if, as I have, she had Shingles at seventy (I’m seventy) and never recovered, I wondered where medical help let her down. Shingles is a nerve condition, not sure how an osteopath could help. Lots of people get depressed after Shingles, even young people who have had it. When old people – and seventy isn’t old – get depressed, they should be on anti depressants!
Some of us oldies are arrogant enough to think we can do without them. That is an error. This is 2015, not 1950! Help IS at hand. Amitiptyline is used for both depression and nerve pain – and is prescribed for Shingles.
She was scared of having a stroke – yes me too. She had tinnitus (awful thing) and couldn’t be with more than three people to follow the conversation – yes me too – but I am deaf and hearing aids confabulate too many sounds. She did not want to get old – yes me too. She couldn’t last more than 15 minutes in the garden – yes me too. She sat on the couch and watched TV and snoozed – yes us too!
I have noticed rich people have the choice to end their lives – but us poor people take what they can get. Right now, getting old is less of a sentence that it was many years ago. Old people like us can, and do just gotto have fun!