Yeah I used to be someone who messed with low iron. I figured I had always been anemic and always would be. But then I landed in the hospital.
I had 4 blood transfusions. The doctors scolded me. I had a heart specialist, a hematologist, a gynecologist, and a of course a general practitioner. They told me I could have died. I could have had a stroke. I also ended up with blood clots which - embellisms - which I am not sure ... I guess could have been part of the anemia. I had iron treatments for months afterwards and periodically over the next few years. It is only recently that I've been able to go less often to the hematologist.