Friday, January 25, 2013
Ever since the end of December/Beginning of January I have been feeling really sluggish and tired. I have found myself going to bed between 10 and 10:30 and sleeping until 9 to 9:30. Even with all that rest I was still waking up tired and having major brain fog! That's not good!!! I have not had any motivation to workout. I haven't even wanted to vacuum or cook for that matter. I have been absolutely ZAPPED of my energy.
About 2 weeks ago I started craving (and eating) ice. About a week ago it hit me what was wrong....I'm anemic!! The ice was the giveaway. I don't know why I didn't recognize the signs before now. I was diagnosed with iron deficient anemia when I was in high school and have struggled with it off and on ever since. I had no problems with it during my pregnancy with my daughter, but couldn't even get my iron levels to normal while pregnant with my son. In fact, they had me taking both prenatal vitamins and iron tablets throughout the pregnancy to no avail. My levels stayed exactly the same. They said it was better I was maintaining than it continuing to drop. They also said they could not safely put me on any more
Needless to say, I stopped taking the vitamins a few months after my son was born. I haven't had any more fatigue, exhaustion, or general sense of iron deficiency since. It's been 6 years and I haven't had a singe problem with it. At my well-woman check ups everything has been fine. My blood work has shown no sign of anemia at all.
SO, I think I just wasn't recognizing the signs because it has been so long!! Anyway, I started taking a 325 mg iron tablet a day again. I am taking it with some juice to give me a boost of vitamin C to help my body absorb it better. I'm five days into this and can't really tell it's helping yet. I figure it will be another week or two before I start really feeling better and my energy will begin to return. It's amazing how one little mineral can make such an impact.
So, sorry if I've not been very active on SP lately, I have just been too tired. It's funny because I asked my husband several times "what's wrong with me? I don't feel like doing anything?" I have literally sat around just resting or reading for the whole month. Going to work has felt like a chore and I come home absolutely EXHAUSTED. I have tried to get out and do a little bit of exercise, but I have just not had it in me. I have just been downright exhausted....it's so CRAZY!!
I am sure hoping that my energy returns soon!!