Told my husband today about a young lady just diagnosed with osteoporosis. Trying to explain to him just how badly this can effect you (except now there is better medical intervention than years ago), I told of two old ladies I used to take care of that I saw die from complications of osteoporosis. I told him that they both had started to fracture and fracture, getting compression fracture after compression fracture...in their spines, just from sitting there, doing nothing, in their ribs..eventually internal bleeding began and they slowly over time bled to death.
My lovely 3rd child was intently listening, of course. So she asked me, "You took care of them?" I said, "Yes." She asked, "You had to call an ambulance? Did it just happen? (I had told of how I came to work one day to one of the lady's houses and the caregiver I was relieving said that the client was hardly responsive all day. I went in to check on her and said that we need to call an ambulance right away. We did and she never came home after that. So this is what she was wondering if it just happened.) I said, "No, this was 14 years ago." She asked, "So, is she d.e.a.d?" "Y.e.s," I replied. She muttered, "Poor lady!" To which my 4th child immediately spat out, "She's DEAD!"