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Good News! I'm Anemic!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

No, I am NOT crazy! LOL It is good news because it explains some stuff AND it is something I can fix! Yeah!

I've been 'doing right' since the end of February . . . I'm eating better than I've ever eaten, I'm excercising regularly, and I'm really paying attention to my health and how I feel. In the past when I've 'done right' I have experienced an amazing increase in my energy levels but this time, not so much. I feel better and have more stamina than I had before I started, but I expected more so I had a sneaking suspicion that something might be a little off. I shared thiswith my doctor at my last visit so she ordered labs to check it out (LOVE my doctor because she listens AND takes me seriously!). So . . . got a call this morning and, as suspected, I'm anemic. WooHoo!

WooHoo? No, really, woohoo. What that means is that when I have to push myself to get up in the mornings or to get to the gym because I feel tired, it is NOT the sign of a character flaw. I'm not simply lazy, I really AM tired! And THAT, I really can do something about!

The doctor is giving me an Rx . . . ewwwwwww! I know that iron supplements are nasty - N-A-S-T-Y!!! But, in a few months, I KNOW I'll feel better so I can deal with a little nasty.

Then comes the diet . . . THAT is gonna be tougher because I feel like I already eat an iron rich diet. I already eat spinach most every day (I use it for salad, in place of lettuce on sandwiches, etc.) I eat dried fruit most every day. I eat lots of tomatoes and citrus so I'm getting plenty of vitamin C. I even cook in cast iron several times a week. What I don't do is eat organ meat and THAT is not gonna change! Ewwwwww! There is only one thing that I like that could be considered organ meat - braunschweiger - and that is so full of saturated fat that any good it could possibly do would be canceled out by the harm it would do! LOL Anyway . . . I need to do a bit of reading to figure the diet thing out!

In the meantime . . . WOOHOO! I'm anemic! LOL
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    Wow! You really DO eat an iron rich diet! I'm impressed!

    It's awesome that you now have an explanation for the way you've been feeling. Hope you perk up soon! emoticon
    2784 days ago
  • DAVEW175
    That is good news. Your energy level should increase pretty quickly with the iron supplements. They've really helped my wife.
    2798 days ago
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