( photo not mine... borrowed from IMDb)
I have been busy pumping iron to get my energy back up ( I am currently No-Go Kim) after finding out that I am iron deficiency anemic...WTH! I had been tired...not the normal mom is running around, I am a single mom until the in house engineer is out of school ( nine more months of that madness...please say a prayer for me) but the OMG I feel like I am in my first trimester of pregnancy tired...arse dragging...no amount of coffee would help...lead in my veins tired. It started in October, I saw my running times go from 10min miles to 13 min miles and was gasping for air. I thought , okay, I am over doing it. I will just relax a bit, nap after the third cup of coffee and hope for the best. The best did not happen and the running did not happen and the sewing is now behind ( but getting caught up). By the time my nails were peeling off and my hair was falling out I knew it was time to ask what the HECK was happening. My dear friend Tracy TOLD ME that I should go see the my doctor back in October. Did I listen, noooo...duh me! I was too busy with going here and there and making sure everyone had food and clean undies to wear to school and work. I could have stopped all of this nonsense in Oct but I just did not make the time. How often do we NOT make the time for ourselves even when we know deep down it is something we should do?
The message I am taking away from this is I will be listening to my body more, it knows what it is talking about and so do my friends. If you are tired not from just being a mom or tired for more than a few weeks, I urge you to have your iron tested. Heck, ask to be tested in your yearly physical. Many doctors do not run this test as a usual screen. If you have the opportunity to catch it at the deficiency stage instead of the anemic stage, you will be much happier, trust me! This is not one of those things to mess around with and it really only takes a few minutes of your time. I had my blood test on a Monday and the results on Tuesday. Now I am on the road to recovery with my little green pills that after a little over week I have at least lifted the fog a little bit that had been plaguing me for the past months. It will take time to fell 100% again and then I will have to make sure my stores are all built up too. My plan is to be running again in two months. We will see what my body has to say about that ;o)
Please visit the American Society of Hematology to find out if you are at risk.
I will be posting more ( thank goodness) and have some amazing ideas and giveaways that were sadly put on hold.