The combination of endocrinology drugs that I’m on – tamoxifen and Zoladex at the moment, swapping to exestemene (sp?) in 6-7 weeks, means that I’m being pushed into an early menopause, with consequent risks of Osteoporosis. Today, therefore, I had a baseline scan on my bone strength. I’ve been told these are typically every 2 years now…
The first appointment was slap bang in the middle of a big meeting at work that I couldn’t rearrange, so when I rang up Weds, was not expecting it this morning. I have counselling at 11am though, so let’s get this out the way! As soon as I was told it wasn’t a cannula (twice they’ve failed to manage this!) I relaxed!
Made it in time, despite making sure that I was packed for Greenbelt later today – and did my ‘Selfie a day’
Found department 63 (up a lift), and found reception. She asked if I’d filled in the (long) questionnaire – I said I hadn’t received it (realised after that it had come with the first appointment letter, but there was no reminder on the new time!) – so filled that in!
Shortly after, called in, weighed (don’t know, don’t want to know), height (163cm) – and how tall was I at age 25 – erm – same?! We then went to the DEXA scan room – more questions/checks – then realised that I usually wear leggings but trousers with a zip – so another lovely bum-exposing hospital gown! Was thinking bra not underwired so left that on – but of course it has clasps – but they seems to work around that.
I was in/on the machine for about 20 mins maximum – feet wedged around a block to scan the hips, then feet up on a (massive) soft block for spinal scan. Just pretended I was still snoozing whilst the machine moved around – sounding like a big photocopier. Then we were done, and I was able to come and get a bacon buttie from the Christie cafe whilst I wait for counselling (and the fire alarm testing was a joy).
This was written on the phone, and edited to add images afterwards.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.