Monday, October 12, 2009

Low Iron Laziness

Lazy just plain covers everything for me lately.  I haven't been blogging, I haven't been reading, I haven't been working the dogs. Honestly, I don't know what I have been doing, truthfully, its not much of anything. Lazy, but really its not just laziness. Lack of energy. Tired. Cold. Worn out and old.

My iron level is really low again.  Sounds so simple, but its amazing how much this affects a person. The iron affects the red blood cells, the ones that carry the oxygen around in your system. The oxygen that allows your system to function, your brain to think, your muscles to work and also to provide warmth.

So what do I do lately, I sit wrapped up in a blanket, watch TV and crochet. Thats about it. So sorry for the lack of updates, or pictures, but I really have nothing to report. Other than the growth of my afghan.  This weekend I started joining the hexagon motifs, and I have 5 flowers partially created.  They really look pretty, at least I think they do. Maybe tonight, if I find the energy I will take a picture or 2.

Peace sasy she rather likes this lazing around, blankets and pillows are great!


Janet said...

I also have chronic low iron. Several years ago I gave up meat for lent, and afterwards just kept going with a quasi-veg diet. A few months later, friend began to ask if I was depressed, because I stopped doing anything other than what I had to do. One day I went to give blood and they told me my iron was dangerously low and I needed to see my doc. I stopped on the way home and bought a steak and went home and cooked it and honestly, immediately felt better. My doc sez I just don't absorb enough iron from veggies, so I try to make sure I get it from meat sources.

penni said...

Dawn, we need to get you perked back up -- showing and blogging and feeling normal. I hope your docs can figure out how to accomplish that.

dreameyce said...

Oh man, I'm so sorry. Anemia is my big issue too, and I've been fighting it my whole life. I've found home-made beef, and buffalo jerky to pack around helps (Low salt, low sugar, which is why I DIY rather than buy), and veggies like broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts and such often help me. I crash fast though, as my body doesn't retain iron, so I have to constantly supplement myself.

One big thing is vitamin C intake, as vitamin C helps with iron absorption. Esp with winter coming, and the lack of vit D, and sunshine, I tend to have my worse iron, and depression issues the 'rain' season here. I have severe SADD, which is blamed on my anemia.

My iron problems have never been "under control", but I've not been hospitalized since highschool, so am doing better. I'm defiantly not breeding quality though, and should have been spayed, and pet placed ;) It's OK though, as Dea's a good kid, and doesn't have my iron absorption problem. Luck of the draw! Ha!

My anemia seems to be protein allergy based, but specialists have never actually decided on the cause. Stupid mystery health issues! I'm sending good vibes to you, and am glad you have a good blanket to help keep you comfortable.. hopefully soon you won't have to rely on the blanket for comfort though!

Cindy said...

Gosh, how about forming a support group? I've been in the same boat with low iron since childhood. I was tested and tested as a kid but was just borderline so the Dr's told mom to feed me lots of iron rich veggies, beef and molasses cookies.

For the most part, as long as I watch that I get a good red meat infusion once a week, keep up on the vit c and yes, I love molasses cookies now. When I had the Ms, they put me on supplements during and after. And I take the supplements when I start dragging.

Hope you feel better and I'll make some cookies and send them your way!