Thursday, August 18, 2011

Spunky Ginger Simpson Gets An Unexpected New Lease On Life

Ginger Simpson

My plan was to share pictures of me doing something "daring," but the pictures of me parasailing at 700 feet in Hawaii some years back are stowed in the attic.
Instead, I'm going to share something some of you may consider mild.  
I just returned from six weeks in Alaska, a trip I never expected to make and one that changed my life.  

Visiting Ekluta Cemetery Spirit Houses
of Alaskan Native Americans

For the past three years, my health and energy level had declined beyond belief.  I spent most of my days locked in the house or in bed because I had absolutely no interest in going anywhere or doing anything.  

Her greatest fear -
2 1/2 mile one-way tunnel
to get to cruise

From the Glacier Day Cruise

My friend and hostess in Alaska is an FNP and specializes in hormone replacement treatment.  She and I had discussed my condition prior to making the trip, and a two day hospital stay right before my departure caused fear that I would have to cancel my plans.  For my dear husband's sake, I pushed on, and we went.  

20 feet from a moose in
her friend's backyard.

After we arrived, Ann ran blood tests on both Kelly and I.  Neither of us had much more than a measurable hormone level and after reading up on the topic on interviewing other satisfied "patrons," we are now the proud "owners" of rice-sized pellets implanted beneath the skin on our hips.  This process has been around since 1939 but has been secreted away to keep the drug companies rolling in dough.  I'm happy to say that I've decreased my RX dependency by three pills and a big monthly expense.  The pellets will need to be replaced every four-five months for me and five-six months for Kelly, but it's an investment I'll gladly make. I know I sound like an advertisement, but...

I cannot boast or emphasize enough how this changed my life.  I've rediscovered I have one and regained the zest I'd lost.  I won't be entering any cross-country marathons or leaping hurdles, but the fact that I can even imagine them amazes me. *smile*  My husband presented Ann with flowers to show his appreciation for her giving him back the wife he married.  My skin, hair, and attitude have improved, and we just made an offer on a house for a future I doubted I would have.   

With Hubby at Cook's Statue,
Cook's Inlet, Anchorage, AK

I guess if you can't consider my pictures as evidence of spunkiness, maybe you can refer to me as "frisky." Okay...TMI, I know, but I can't contain my glee at living life again and loving it.  
My husband has renewed energy, has lost inches and is gaining back some of his lost muscle mass.  

Best of all, he smiles and winks at me.  Love it!


  1. Welcome to Spunky Seniors, Ginger! I love your pictures from Alaska. Looks like you had a terrific time there.

    Morgan Mandel

  2. You're going to have to share this with me and Roger, although I doubt on our income we can afford it. I'd sure like to have the man I married back. Not sure with his emphysema how much of him I can get back, but it sure would be nice if we both had more energy.
    Great pictures.

  3. Totally awesome story. Glad you found a solution that works and has given you back your life.

  4. Hi Ginger, You've got a lot of spirit. I love the photos of Alaska, and I'm glad you went. Now if you wouldn't mind digging up those parasailing photos...

  5. Hi Ginger, good seeing you again. You'll have to share more about your new lease on life as I'm in a retirment community and need all the pep I can get. Of course going to Alaska would pep me up a bit. Next time sneak me in the suitcase. LOL

    Seriously, glad you are doing better. Send the secret to long life kiddo.

    Love and blessings
    Rita Hestand

  6. What a lovely turnaround for you, Ginger. So glad for you

  7. Hey Miz Ging,
    As usual, u find the most interesting things to post. Love the pics from Alaska. Beautiful State. Glad ur feeling better. How about sharing a pellet? need a new lease on life!

  8. Thanks to all who are visiting and commenting, and for Morgan for having this wonderful blog. We just took my sister yesterday and had her "pelleted". I can't wait to sit bank and watch the improvement begin in her life. She definitely needed a lift in life.

  9. Ginger, I'm thrilled you're feeling so much better. Talking to you over the months I had no idea you were feeling poorly... You always seemed spunky to me.

  10. Glad you are feeling better, Ginger, and that you had a good time in Alaska. Loved your pictures. Would like to see the one of you parasailing :).

  11. Fabulous news, Ginger. I'm so thrilled for the both of you.

  12. I agree with Bob Sanchez...parasailing pictures, please! :) The moose is impressive!

  13. So pleased for you Ginger. Now just don't go overdoing it seeing as you have this new zest for life. I looked up your pellet therapy on the internet but couldn't find any outlets here in Australia. Good on you.

  14. Loved your Alaska meanderings. As someone born with wanderlust in her soul, I've learned that the best thing about travel is now what we see but how it changes us. I think you're quite spunky. Hang in there.

  15. Ginger, so happy for you. I don't know if you're around my age (around 60) but, I, too, have had to push myself the last few years to do things. I've found that all I want to do is stay in the house (and write or browse on the web)and my energy is low. So I push myself to go places, do things beyond everyday things, vacations, even, and once I get there or force myself to do something unusual...I do have a good time. But my energy isn't what it used to be and i get tired so easily. Hmmm, maybe I should look into what you did. What's it called? Warmly, author Kathryn Meyer Griffith

  16. Hi, Ginger,

    Tried to comment yesterday but Blogger was NOT cooperating!

    What I wanted to say was: I think you were pretty spunky before you got "pelleted". Just going to Alaska takes plenty of oomph! I'm thrilled that now you're ENJOYING it more!

  17. Wow, what an wonderful story. I'm so glad you are feeling better. And, I've heard Alaska is breathtaking - I would love to go one day. I love the glacier photo.

  18. Wow, Ginger. I had no idea you had energy problems. What's in those pellets? My daughter visited Alaska earlier this year and it's on my wish list. Maybe after I finish paying for my teeth...


  19. i REALLY want to see Alaska one day! I am jealous!



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