To my dismay, yesterday I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Forty-five years of running, hiking and weightlifting did not prevent it.
My grandmother had osteoporosis. She had a hunchback.
My medical doctor boyfriend, Bill was reassuring:
"Who knows, perhaps you would have been worse without hiking and weightlifting. Also, and much more importantly, it has been benefiting every other part of your body, from your brain to your heart."
My doctor prescribed Fosamax to take once a week. Fosamax builds bones.
Bill explained if I take Fosamax for one or two years, it will permanently cure my osteoporisis. A miracle drug!
"Realistically, the only common side effect is heartburn, typically occurs shortly after taking the pill," Bill said. "It can be mitigated by drinking a full glass of water to make sure that it is washed down. Don't lie down."
"I tell people if you have heartburn for half an hour once a week, beats winding up in a nursing home."
I looked up the price: $470 for four pills. I can't afford that! Checked to see if there's a generic version. Yes. Held my breath...
Today I paid $1.51 for the generic version of Fosamax. Happy days!