Not exactly a very good surface reading, but I thought it would be fun to use a cryptic clue for the title of this post.
A friend sent me an interesting article which I can't resist to include in this blog. It has something to do with "quality of life".
My dog, Boomer, is over 10 years old now. The vet said he is approximately an 80-year old man in terms of human age. He is very near to his full lifespan, and doesn't have much more time left. A couple of months ago, he developed some difficulties to walk with his hind legs. The vet said that most large dogs are susceptible to elbow and hip dysplasia. Each time Boomer walks, he'd partially drag his hind legs; and his gait would also be somewhat wobbly. Sadly, there is very little that we can do for poor Boomer.
There are few possible options. Firstly, leave him as he is now and hope that he will somehow gain full use of his hind legs. That is, however, very unlikely. Secondly, give him some vitamins in the hope that that can help to remedy the problem, or at least prevent his condition from worsening. Thirdly, put him down so that he needs not go through that lousy quality of life.
I decided against the third option immediately. I didn't have the heart to put him down. I opted to give him some vitamins, but soon had to abandon that measure as it was obvious after a while that it didn't help at all. So now Boomer continues living with a poor quality of life. But so far his health is not deteriorating any further. I hope he will live a little longer. He has been a good dog.
Humans may have a poor quality of life too. Apparently men who suffer from erectile dysfunction are considered to fall within such category. Luckily for some Chilean men, their mayor started handing out free Viagra to senior citizens on Wednesday. About 1,500 residents are eligible to receive up to 4 pills each month. That's quite a lot of Viagra! I suppose the quality of life for those men must have improved by leaps and bounds, huh? Perhaps I should consider migrating to Chile when I reach the age of 60!