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Just Thinking

I was at a master’s biology class the other day when I can’t help but notice that one of our professor’s fingers was bent at an acute angle and pointing towards his palm. He was an old fellow who had taught in the university all his life and is currently dean of the biology department. I really can’t take my eyes off it as I was very intrigued of what has made it so and I think that my professor even noticed me looking at it.

I was thinking it was really arthritis in my fingers that caused it because he was already of the age when those sorts of things happen. Arthritis can be really cruel to a person having it. It is not only very disfiguring to whatever part of the body it affects but also very much painful to have. People have been known to be reduced to tears when arthritis and its symptoms strike.

Arthritis is a very debilitating disease that affects the body’s joints and musculoskeletal system. It is mainly caused by the erosion of the protective covering of the joints that often leads to bone on bone contact. Arthritis may be due to several predisposing factors such as a person’s genetic makeup, repetitive and forceful movements involving the joints, a past injury, autoimmune diseases, allergies, infections, and many others.

People above the age of 50 usually are the ones most affected by it but it can also start at a very young age. My grandmother has it and I can see the trouble she has with it. It acts up every now and then, especially in winter. She is in such pain when arthritis attacks and the bending of several of her toes are beginning to get more pronounced and apparent. I know that it is hereditary and I may be also in line for it but I really hope not.

Or maybe I am just imagining things by myself. Maybe the bending of the professor’s fingers is really nothing but a sprained finger or an injury of sorts, which he may have suffered in the past. I don’t see him fuss over it and never have I seen him in pain because of them. I don’t really know and I am not about to ask him about it either.

We all grow old at one point in our lives, no, we in fact, grow old all time. Every second of every day, we are growing old, and we inevitably feel and experience its effects on our body. Somebody said that we were born already dying and it is only a matter of time until we do.

We can prolong our lives a little bit longer by the things we do or eat, but no matter how hard we tried, we eventually die in the end. Let’s all just hope that somebody discovers a way where we all can live forever or at least double or triple our life expectancy. Now that would be the day!