Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Healing

I found out yesterday that my bone density decreased immensely during the past nine months. I went from 12% to 23%, from 3.1 to 7.1 (both doubling), throwing me full-fledged into the osteoporosis realm. In layman's terms, this means my risk of fracture doubled. This is not good, and does help explain why doing absolutely nothing but walking caused my foot stress fracture.

This also means that my bones will take longer to heal - another patience lesson!

My doctor yesterday gave me several options for medication, and of course I take my calcium with D and Magnesium religiously. I also do aerobic exercise and weight-bearing exercises.

The most disappointing thing I heard yesterday was, "Yes, you are at an increased risk of fractures, so you are going to need to be careful with your activities." No way, no way. I am 54 years old, and I will not wrap myself in bubble-wrap. I have no plans to sky dive or parasail, but I will live an active life (and wear a helmet when on my bike) - as soon as these bones heal! 

No comments:

Post a Comment