Thursday, September 3

Tired of Being Tired

So as I mentioned, Monday I went in and got my blood taken for testing. Again.

Well, what I haven't mentioned is that I once again got an "urgent call" from my doctor's office the next day. Apparently my iron level is lower than ever. Since my lowest before was an 8 and they hospitalize you at 6, I'm assuming I'm at a 7. Yay. The receptionist (nice lady who once told me I had spider eggs in my shoulder. Heh. Yeah, she provides good laughs) told me that with my iron level I should be either fainting or falling asleep once every 20 minutes. I'm sad to report she's right.

Now, this has been an ongoing issue for 6 months. And in those 6 months, I've received some well-meaning and some not so well meaning advice on how to get better. I've decided I'd share them with you today!

  1. Eat healthier
  2. Drink more water
  3. Go to bed earlier
  4. Take medication
  5. STOP taking medication
  6. Sleep for at least 8 hours
  7. Don't sleep so much
  8. Exercise- get your heart pumping
  9. Spend more time outside
  10. Spend less time outside
  11. Stop being lazy and just go do something
  12. Put make up on - you're too pale.
  13. Stop holding your breath to make your lips blue (DOES THAT EVEN WORK?)

You get the picture. But what people don't seem to realize is, my illness is out of my control. I have extreme iron deficiency and no matter what I seem to do, it keeps getting lower. I'm on two iron pills a day (one morning, one night). My mum, much to my Dad's approval, makes steak etc... all the time. We even just picked up a bunch of iron rich foods in the hopes of getting my iron up, but from my absolute lack of energy, I'm not sure it's working.

I have a doctors appointment next Friday but I'm not sure what we're going to talk about. She can't put me on more iron pills because I'm on a lot as it is. Maybe iron drips? Which sounds, OH so much fun. Anyway, I also have an appointment with a specialist next Wednesday where I will have a nerve conduction test to check out my wrists. Ugh.

I will hopefully write another post later on today. I just haven't decided what yet... Hm.


  1. Sorry to hear about your problem. That totally blows. I'd offer suggestions (because that's the way I am), but you've already heard them all. (Although whoever implied you were holding your breath probably needs to be pinched hard.) All I can do is give you :hugs: and hope you get better soon.

  2. Sorry you're dealing with all of this. I hope the dr. can figure out how to increase your iron levels.

    Good luck with the specialist next Wed. And take care!

  3. B.E.- Yeah, truly I'm okay with suggestions, it's just some of the dumb ones I've gotten over the months that annoy me... And I already eat freakishly healthy and I drink at least 3L of water a day. I thought for sure getting more in shape would help, but the problem is I have no energy to do that! GAH! Nasty circle!

    Jenn- Thanks! Me too! I will probably update everyone once I know a bit more next weeek!


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