The doctor used the phrase, "the rest of your life." I listened and reflected. Fine by me was my reaction. However other people (co-workers and family) heard the news and over reacted. Does it really matter? My doctor informed me that I will be on anticoagulants for the rest of my life. The expectations are that I will live a long time. I do not see a problem with taking a pill. The inconvenience is minimal. The pill is readily available. I do not suffer any side-affects. All in all - no problem. When I tell others, there is always a reaction. Some place a hand on my shoulder. Some ask if I am ok. They react as if my life is more complicated because I need to pop a pill daily. They react as if my life is now more fragile. While I appreciate the concern, I do not understand.
I were glasses (or contacts) and have since age 11. If I want to see (and I do) I will require corrective eye wear "for the rest of my life". No reaction. No hand on my shoulder. No one ask if I am ok. No one reacts as if my life is more complicated because I need wear glasses.
Generally, I do appreciate the fragility of life. I am glad I live in a time and place where a drug I need is available and low cost. I do not see taking it as a burden, but a blessing.