Friday, April 1, 2022

I Had a DEXA Scan Today But It Was the Wrong Test!

You mean they ordered the wrong test? Yep. Instead of getting a full body DEXA scan today (as I had anticipated), our local radiologist had a machine that could only do a scan of my back and hips (which, by the way, are just fine). Apparently the wrong test had been ordered. The DEXA scan that I need can do both a bone density test and a body composition test. Now that will have to be gotten elsewhere, probably in Raleigh or Cary. Oh well. It sure was an interesting experience. 

And I really appreciate that the radiologist did not charge for me the test when he realized it was the wrong one. 

In case you didn't know, this summer I am turning 70. Should I continue to participate in distance events like ultramarathons at my age? A complete DEXA scan does two things:

1) It helps patients assess their risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures, and

2) It measures your body composition and helps you see exactly how much body fat and muscle you have. 

I especially want to know if my bones are weakening or being strengthened as a result of all the exercising I've been doing. So it's back to the drawing board. No worries though. I'm sure Dr. Google will help me find just the right place to have the test performed. 

Today, by the way, was so gorgeous. The next few days will be just as lovely. I plan on getting a whole lot of yard work done as well as a run and/or bike in. I train hard. Very hard. But I also try and train reasonably. 

Signing off for now!