Expect the unexpected ... listen to your body!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I have said it before and am saying it again ... expect the unexpected, listen to your body, and by all means cross all the "t's" and dot all the "i's" when it comes to your health!

Because when it comes to your health, you need to be wary of any little thing that changes ... it may well be a sign!

That happened to me recently. But, was it really recently? I think not.

Last week I was scheduled to have eye surgery to correct the heavy lids left from losing 120+ pounds. I had my physical a few days prior expecting nothing out of the ordinary. Yet, when the results came back for my blood tests, I was found to be severely anemic. And, for those of you who are wondering how anemic ... well my hemoglobin count is 7.5 ( normal for women is12.0 to 15.5 grams per deciliter). My GP (who is also a retired cardiologist) said he nearly fell out of his chair when he read the numbers ... his own comment was that everything else reads fine, and you have more energy than anyone half your age! So, how can a vibrant woman be so depleted ...

Well, the signs were there, now that I have had time to think about it. First, a little over a year ago, I started having issues with my "cycle" (bloating, pain, missed periods, spotting, etc. (TMI, I know). I even discussed it with my gynecologist who said, it was to be expected at my age ... I accepted it at that, after all I am over 50.

Yet over the course of the year other little things started popping up and were dismissed by me right up to my lack of appetite, and when I wanted to eat, I craved non-nutritional foods like ice and candy, something that wasn't normal to me. When I worked out, my muscles felt mushy, sluggish and my joints started hurting more recently. My brain started feeling muzzy at times and I would forget what I was doing from one moment to the next (usually when I was on the computer ... I would log in and then forget why) and headaches.

All of these things could be attributed to something else going on in my life, and because the anemia was slowly being depleted over time, my body compensated for it. I am generally an energetic person ... I refuse to slow down. So, no one noticed anything different in who I was ... am.

Then I heard those words "severe anemia!" All of a sudden, I realized that I was exhausted! I still have the energy, but my body just feels worn out!

WOW! You could have knocked me over with a feather!

Having had gastric bypass surgery, I knew there could be issues with absorption. It is one of the reasons that I keep a close watch on what I eat and how I eat it. As far as my nutrition charts go ... everything should have been 100 percent. Yet, here I am!

I could wallow in self-pity ... but, I am not going there. I am going to fight this new battle as though my life depended upon it ... and it does.

I wasn't really sure where this blog was going to go when I started it, but here it is ... listen to your body ... no matter how trivial something may seem, it might just lead to something major. For me, in the back of my mind, I knew there was an issue with my "cycle" and I never totally accepted the idea that it was "my age." Well, now I know. Woman who are anemic can stop having their monthly cycle. Oddly enough in my case ... the day I had my blood drawn for my physical ... I got mine! Go figure.

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    emoticon for this reminder!! I really hope you'll feel better soon!!
    3692 days ago
    I'm glad you got that diagnosed and are starting to feel better. I also have had Gastric Bypass Surgery a little over 2 years ago. I need to have my levels checked soon. I suspect I am anemic too. I just noticed that I have been craving ice chips like crazy for at least the last few months. I have started in on taking iron again. I will get to the doctor soon. Nutrition levels aren't anything to play around with. Anyway, hope everything stays on track with you.
    3692 days ago
  • KARLY47
    Great comments you have here...Thanks
    3693 days ago
    Spot on. And if the answer you get doesn't seem right to you, MOVE ONE! I have all kinds of symptoms that were dismissed FOR YEARS by my Dr. I finally INSISTED on having a lab panel drawn including my thyroid levels. HMMMM...turns out I had/have Hashimoto's thyroiditis. Once I got started on treatment things got better. But it took such a long time! Lesson learned: when something doesn't feel right, check it out. IF the answer doesn't make sense, MOVE ON.

    With that I hope you get to feeling better!!
    3693 days ago
    Great reminder! Thank you!
    3693 days ago
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