yes, i have a bone to pick. three years ago, much to my surprise, i was diagnosed as having osteoporosis. i had taken my mother to a clinic specializing in osteoporosis because her previous bone density tests puzzled the family doctor. after i signed her in, she was asked to take part in some sort of osteoporosis study but she declined. i quickly volunteered thinking it wouldn't hurt to establish a relationship with these guys in case my mother needed some sort of special attention. before i knew what going on i was in a room answering the questions of a russian woman. after answering way too many questions i was quickly scheduled to get a bone scan. the guy doing the scan wasn't happy with having to fit me in. he was a great big guy with a shaved head and dressed totally in white. it was right out of a science fiction movie.
after getting the scan i was sent to another room and met with some sort of research scientist who informed me that i had bone loss and was very close to having osteoporosis in my lower spine. my hips were only mildly osteoporotic. lucky me. up until that time i had thought osteoporosis was something only women got. i was then sent back to the russian woman and had to answer more questions. she left and came back five minutes later only to tell me that i was ineligible for the study due to the medication i was taking for something else. so it goes.
i've been taking fosovance for three years and am finally able to get another bone scan. my first scan was paid for by the private company doing the study but now i'm in the regular health care system and was told i had to take the feckin fosovance for 3 years before the government health care would give me another scan. well the three years are up and on friday i get the scan! i've promised myself a real cool new toy if my bones have strengthened.
the moral to this story is men can get osteoporosis. surprisingly, cycling is a major cause of osteoporosis. it burns a lot of calories and there is little jarring of the bones. i must confess that i haven't taken the fosovance exactly as instructed but what the fuck, who does?
i love you sons of bitches.