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and the good news is my iron is low!

Friday, April 29, 2011

I finally told Ray (my DH) that I might have to regain a few pounds because I have been feeling peaked lately - you know, dizzy, nauseous, unable to remain standing too long - well, I told him today on the way to the Blood Bank.

They check your blood for your Iron count before you can donate and mine was low - not extremely, but it is supposed to be 12 and it was 11 the first test and 10.5 the second test.

Uh-huh. I haven't been eating my Fiber One because my fiber has been better than ok with all the carrots. And, although I do track it, I haven't been checking it!

I tell you all this because it can happen to anyone. The only signs I was told to watch for being too low in weight were dizzy and nauseous - but low iron can do the same things.

1/2 cup cereal daily will give you all the iron you need. I came home and had my cereal and started feeling better pretty darn quickly.

The bad news - I had already eaten for blood donation emoticon

Just a little FYI.

4/30 - yup! got my cereal in today!
5/1 - yup! got my cereal in today too!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WEEZYB7881 4/30/2011 10:41PM

    the older I get, the more I learn about my body - usually from other women.

thanks for posting

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WATERMELLEN 4/30/2011 9:03PM

    I take a daily multi vitamin for women with iron . . . because I rarely eat red meat, I also tend to have low iron count. Spinach, dried apricots, lentils all help . . .

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/30/2011 6:31PM

    fyi... you aren't anemic or anything even if you don't meet the 12 the blood bank requires, they told me when I failed it for low iron a couple of appointments ago: you're still healthy enough for you, just not tanked up enough to share!

I was eating all the right things, too. The next time, I passed.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/30/2011 5:09PM

    Hope you are feeling better and better as you get your iron levels back to where they should be!! -Marsha

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KATHYPETERSON62 4/30/2011 12:29PM

    Thanks for the heads-up - good info!

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    more spinach my friend! Sorry you've been feeling low but hopefully getting the iron levels back up will help you. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 4/30/2011 2:52AM

    Get that iron on board important!

I think it's wonderful that you donate blood emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/30/2011 2:52:49 AM

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    Thanks for the information! Eat that cereal!

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DESTINYE 4/29/2011 9:31PM

    Hope you get it balanced out soon!

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SOULOFADANCER 4/29/2011 8:37PM

    I am always cold I am anemic too but Iron pills and spinach is working on that

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MARTY19 4/29/2011 7:59PM

    You are so tiny that a few pounds won't hurt you. You need your iron count to be higher

Love you

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MSLZZY 4/29/2011 6:44PM

    All the more reason for me to add fiber to my diet! I learned something today-hugs!

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    Better get out that cast iron skillet and cook in it rather than hit poor Ray over the head all the time, LOL

That might do the trick. We have a large cast iron skillet that I use quite a bit, but recently purchased a small one good for one to three eggs for breakfast.

Good luck getting that iron back to good levels.

Have a Wonderful and FUN weekend!

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MARTY728 4/29/2011 6:29PM

    A low iron means you are less likely to rust. I do not want you rusting. You may lift your arms in the air for a picture and rust in the pose similar to the Wizard of Oz's Tinman.

Yes, I never forget. I warned you previously that I attempt humor using a machine gun approach; I shoot a number of attempts out there and hope that someone besides me finds at least one funny. My problem is I find them all funny.

Have a GREAT weekend and I hope your energy level increases. emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 4/29/2011 6:21PM

    well, i'm glad that if something is going to be wrong, it is this straightforward to fix.

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