A few years ago I had some blood tests and my doctor said I was anemic. So I started taking an iron supplement and continued diligently until the bottle ran out.
About a year ago I had more blood tests and my doctor said I was still anemic. So I bought another bottle of iron supplements and took those. I might even have bought a replacement bottle, and took those as well, though I can’t really remember.
A few months ago I got a new doctor who looked at my labs and told me I should definitely be taking an iron supplement. Was I? No… but I bought another bottle and kind of sort of took those for about two months, when the bottle ran out. I did buy a second bottle, but for some reason it never got opened.
Two weeks ago I had another blood test and I got a very worried message on my voicemail saying I was severely anemic, and needed to take massive doses of iron IMMEDIATELY. I emailed her back, confessing that I had been “lax” about taking my iron, sorry, and that I would start taking the pills right away. I opened the bottle and have diligently taken an iron pill every day since a week ago Thursday.
Yesterday I had an appointment with said doctor where she explained that my iron levels were so low that one treatment would be a BLOOD TRANSFUSION.
I’m writing this here for several reasons.
- If you are experiencing “Helium-Head” or have a strange aversion to doing anything other than the bare minimum, get your iron checked.
- If your doctor says you need to take iron pills, take them.
- If your husband says you need to take iron pills, take them.
- If your friends say you need to take iron pills, take them.
- If you have been wondering what is going on with me lately (lack of posts, concentration, follow-through, etc.), now you know.
- Though Steve says I can’t blame my behavior lately solely on my iron deficiency, I don’t believe him one tiny bit. In about two weeks, after the increased iron dosage is working in my system:
• I will be able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath.
• I will be able to do the dishes.
• I will be able to fold laundry and go to the grocery store.
• I will be able to change the litter box.
• I will be Superwoman.
See you in two weeks!