Expect the unexpected ... listen to your body and your doctor!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
My last post was the realization that no matter how careful we can be with our diet and nutrition, we must listen to our bodies. As I mentioned earlier, the bloodwork taken during my physical found me to be severely anemic. I realize now that the symptoms were there, I chose to "pre-med" myself in a non-traditional sense to give me the energy my body so severely lacked ... triple shot lattes and hard candy.
My husband had commented over the course of the past six months about my drinking "a lot of coffee." I kept telling him I wasn't drinking any more than I normally did.
But, who was I kidding? Only myself. This was found to be true when I got really serious about logging every ounce of coffee and every piece of hard candy into my log. Sure ... there were no calories per se, but lordy when I started noticing that I was drinking 6 - 10 shots of espresso per day ... it's a wonder my blood is red and not latte brown!
The other trend was that I started popping hard candy like there was no tomorrow ... and, I will admit that I wasn't always logging it ... after all what harm would one or two pieces of candy do. Well, not much ... if that is all you were doing. 10 - 20 pieces of candy do add up!
And, I wonder where that 5 pounds came from! Lordy.
But, it really isn't the weight that is the issue here ... I normally eat a very, very healthy, balanced diet which includes my greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard) daily that are filled with iron, I thought it was enough!
Well after that appointment on the October 12, I started the log I mentioned above and began taking a daily iron supplement with vitamin C (which helps with the absorption of iron). Last week on Veteran's Day, I went to see the hematologist who at the end of the visit took 8 vials of blood and told me to wait until he had a reading on my hemoglobin levels.
Over the past 4 weeks I have increased my hemoglobin from a 7.5 to 9.5. And although that is still extremely low ... it is improving.
I still have my morning latte ... but, I have consciously kicked the hard candy and excessive caffeine to the curb. I don't need it. I value my health and will do what it takes to get it back.
Today, I feel great. I have more energy ... energy that I didn't realize was missing.