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