During that time a lot has happened. I had my yearly appointment with the duck, or at least that's what I call it. I also found out that now that I'm old and my results have always been normal, I only need to see the duck once every 3 years. That's amazing in its own. One thing I made sure to do though is have blood drawn to check my levels since I live by a loose vegetarian diet. By loose I mean that I do get a nibble of meat here and there and also do still eat fish. Because of this, I really shouldn't even mention the word vegetarianism because those that truly are vegetarian apparently become overcome with rage when they hear this. Lesson not learned.
ANYWAY. I thought I was doing a fantastic job of eating healthy. I juice nearly every morning with leafy greens, I eat lots of legumes, I eat whole grains. Honestly I feel like I am doing about as good as I can do without feeling deprived. Then I got this:
I thought....Ooohhh....not good. Then I opened up the next results and found this:
If you've ever wondered what Ferritin is:
Serum ferritin levels are measured in medical laboratories as part of the iron studies workup for anemia and for restless legs syndrome. The ferritin levels measured usually have a direct correlation with the total amount of iron stored in the body. However, ferritin levels may be artificially high in cases of anemia of chronic disease where ferritin is elevated in its capacity as an acute phase protein and not as a marker for iron overload.
So I sort of thought "Hmm...no wonder you're so cranky and tired all the time!" Yet the results weren't done. Here is the last:
Yeaaahh. This sucks. So after I saw all these results my doctors office called me and put me on slowFE twice a day (Hello Constipation!) and 5000 IU of D3 each day. In 3 months they will recheck my levels to see if this is helping. They also were nice enough to send me some information on vegetarianism and Iron and this included some foods that will help bring up Iron levels. These included things like Black Strap Molasses, Bok Choy, Fortified Cereal, Instant Oatmeal...all things I don't ever eat and honestly probably never will. I kid you not when those were the suggestions. I read it to my mom laughing.
So where am I now with all this?
I have eaten a little bit of meat since finding out this information. Please understand that I didn't give up meat for the moral reason. Only for the icky reason. I never have loved meat. Sure bacon, steak, and grilled chicken is pretty amazing but then I read some studies on cancer and meat and I sort of just said enough is enough and gave it up. I still am not a huge fan. Meat just simply grosses me out but if it will help me feel somewhat normal again, I am willing to give it a shot. At least a little bit of a shot.
After looking into anemia, I realized how much something like this can affect you. I'm hoping that once I can get my levels back up, I will become the calmest more amazingly reasonable and alert person around.
In other news, just because I want to brag, Mike had this on my car seat this morning.
Nothing says true love like a full gas tank when you left it below E just the day before. xoxo Mike. You know the way to my heart.