After work today I ran over to the hospital and had a couple tests done, a mammogram and a bone density test.
The booby squeeze was unremarkable. Nothing of note, but the official report will come later. They are sending for the previous report from Albuquerque, and then, of course, the radiologist has to do the official read. I'm not worried. I am very glad it is done. It wasn't as awful as some previous ones, but those blasted things can never be called "comfortable," can they, girls? gah. Double gah. Again, I'm glad it's over, and I don't have to worry about this for a long time now.
The bone density was uneventful as well. They read three areas, hip, spine and wrist. All three read a little low, but not dangerously. My hip and wrist were actually in the low range of normal. My spine was in the range that is called "osteopenia," meaning the bones are lower density, but not osteoporosis. I figured the spine would be worst, because I have scoliosis (curvature) and I know it has been getting gradually more pronounced. Even so, the tech indicated that the report will be fully read and interpreted and results to me and my doctor in a few weeks. She said that for my age, it seemed "OK."
The most surprising thing was that I'm shorter than I thought, by nearly two inches! At first, it kinda panicked me, as I thought of osteoporosis. Then, within a few seconds I realized that since the scoliosis is progressing, that will make me shorter over time. I'm guessing that the lessened height is probably a combination of scoliosis and osteopenia. The really concerning thing to me about the height loss is that it make my weight seem that much more psi! Damn! I can't catch a break, I lose a few pounds, and I find out the weight distribution over my frame is no better than before! Ratzerfratzers!
Still, altogether, things are not bad with my body, my health. I still need to have lab work done, but I need to remember to fast and stop at the hospital on my way to work one day. This week is not a good one for that, but I think I can get it done next week. I'm not overly concerned about that, either.
All in all, everything is about as expected for my age. Of course, the other side of that coin is .... growing old is not for the faint of heart, but if you keep a smile on your face, it confuses the hell out of everyone!!