annsan's diagnosis and a photo note too

jcoyle at jcoyle at
Fri Apr 26 19:36:00 EDT 2019

Glad you now have a good diagnosis, Ann, at least with that you will get
some relief.  Hope you can get as much exercise as practical, my 101-year
old mother still can walk short distances without her walker, and credits
dancing till she was in her 90's for that level of ability!


John (and I'll include Jan!)

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Subject: OT : annsan's diagnosis and a photo note too

Bottom line:  somewhere between the bone scan in 2013 and the one I had last
week, osteopenia turned into full fledged osteoporosis.. so it isnt'
arthritis that has been devling me.  My mother had it, I should not have
been surprised.   Doc put me on once-a-week alendronate sodium (the generic
of Fosamax).  Once a week is fine with me and the pills are cheap..  I put
the little blister  tab in my 7 day pill thingy -in place
of- my vitamins and BP pill .  The instructions for proper usage are both
clear and a bit scary if you mess up so I'm being very careful . IF any of
you have any tips about good stuff to do for osteoporosis pain , I'll take
it please.

I"m taking Naproxin twice a day in double the over the counter dose and it
brougnt down the pain from excruciating lumbar and elft leg hurt to achy
frequently but not consistently..  I'm moving a lot.. but need a cane to do

Other than the osteo which enough people have assured me is manageable if
you are careful and eat properly (and don't fall down!)  , my check up with
the new doc was filled with godl stars.  Lungs, cardio, cholesterol (down 60
points from
2017) .  'you're goona live forever, but you ahve to take these pills". The
new doc is 80 years old himself.   I'm goin gto go to one phys theropy
session to get me on the correct for some good exercises I can do at home
and dont cost anything.. beyond my walking up and down my stairs.  i"m
sleeping a lot, but in spurts... about 5-6 hours solid at night.. then up
for two, then back to bed two or three times douring the day for naps... but
I fall asleep easily.  I've found a CURA_HEAT pad on my lower back to be
helpful to keep the pain at bay most of the time.

The photo note, which will not be news to you who are also facebook friends,
is that a photo of mine you have surely all seen before is now in a film and
I got paid a fair amount for film makers "single use"  It also appeared in
Sign Language, in my Back in the day calendar, and in Ada Calhoun's book
about the esat village 'St Marks is Dead"

So if you happen to be going to the Tribeca film festival and you happen to
have chosen to see the Abel Ferrara documentary "the Projectionist" 
and you are not blinking at the wrong time , you will see this photo of
mine,  as well as my name zipping by in the credits ..

I was first approached by the film company last sumemr about this - they
finally ponied up in paypal last month (no, they didn't get the photo until
they paid for it) when the film got accepted for the festival.

Brian, I'll try to find a tree or two today for the PUG..

Still don't feel much like chatting.. everything is an effort  - and yet now
and then I can walk a city block or two very slowly. not to the walker stage
yet, thank goodness, and hopefully proper PT and drugs will keep me upright
more ofeten than not


ann sanfedele photography

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