Thank goodness they caught this problem early!
My first clue that I had severe osteoporosis was a major compression fracture of the spine - even though I'd been taking steroids for several years (even before lupus I was taking them for asthma) doctors never mentioned osteoporosis meds, and I never asked because of my age - I thought osteoporosis was an old woman's disease. As it turns out I can't take Fosamax, Actonel and similar meds because of esophageal problems related to lupus/scleroderma, so it's an on-going problem for me. I take parathroid hormone IV but it doesn't restore the lost bone, just keeps the problem from getting worse. The x-ray technician at our local hospital was appalled when I had a bone scan because the scan lit up like a christmas tree from all the fractures I've had.
I do not understand why every doctor who prescribes chronic steroids doesn't automatically order a bone density test for all patients, male and female, regardless of age! It would prevent so many prolems later!
Are you wanting to do something for the nurses before you leave the hospital, or afterward? I usually bake muffins or brownies and take to the nurses after I get out, with a pretty thank you card. I also like to get some really nice hand lotion in a pretty pump dispenser for the nurses' station - they wash their hands so often the skin gets raw, so lotion is really appreciated. I love the Camille Beckman glycerine hand therapy, which comes in several wonderful scents. Sometimes places like bath and body works have mini or sample size individual lotions you can get nexpensively. If you don't have a lot of nurses you want to get gifts for, individual Halloween treat bags with some little goodies would be cute and different. If the nurses' station is really dreary, a potted mum or bright plant might be nice.
I am so glad your tummy is behaving better so you can finally have some solid food!