Thursday, December 22, 2011

Anemiupdate

I got to see Kim last night!! Yay! She asked me about how the anemia thing is going, and that reminded me that I haven't talked about it in a while.

Since November 11, I have been taking iron supplements.

yum... iron-y goodness. 6 times a day.

That's almost 6 weeks! Chatter on the internet says that you should feel "better"ish after a pretty short period of time taking them. After Kim asked me about how I was feeling, I started to really think about whether anything changed. Let's look at some iron deficiency anemia symptoms from Mayo Clinic:
Iron deficiency anemia symptoms may include:
  • Extreme fatigue (had this... still sort of have it)
  • Pale skin (ummm... some iron supplements will not make my heritage less Western European, but it's worth a shot)
  • Weakness (don't really think I ever had this)
  • Shortness of breath (maybe a little better? running feels about the same)
  • Headache (still headache-y, but not more than usual)
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness (still get lightheaded when I stand, but that might be lessening? I don't feel nearly as bothered by it as I was before!!)
  • Cold hands and feet (again, this is a lifelong thing that cannot be changed by 6 wee pills a day)
  • Irritability (haha... ask my family and Nick ;) )
  • Inflammation or soreness of your tongue (never had this)
  • Brittle nails (always had these. assume i always will)
  • Fast heartbeat (I had only noticed this a few times, and I, luckily, have not experienced it lately)
  • Unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances, such as ice, dirt or starch (never really been a dirt eater, and my normal ice fondness remains)
  • Poor appetite, especially in infants and children with iron deficiency anemia (yeah right. poor appetite has never been a problem :) )
  • An uncomfortable tingling or crawling feeling in your legs (restless legs syndrome) (YESSS. I was thinking about this while trying to sleep last night and I feel WAY better)

Ok.. let's talk about the restless legs. I've had it in varying degrees of awfulness off and on for years (does that mean I've been anemic off and on for years? Maybe?). It was pretty horrible at times, especially considering I'm pretty bad at falling asleep regardless of whether I have the RLS going on or not. On the nights that it was really bad, I would lay in bed for upwards of 90 minutes, just being grumpy and twitchy. It seemed to be the worst in recent memory this summer, when I was running more, and I got upset that running seemed to make my legs so miserable. Last night, I pondered this and realized I haven't been kept awake by my legs lately, at least not noticeably. There are lots of changes in my life that might affect this, like the cruise and being more active so just being more tired all around, thus maybe falling asleep more easily. I don't want to get all excited and say I'm over the RLS, but I'm cautiously optimistic.

As part of operation: look less like I ate cruise food and drank wine for 10 days straight, yesterday's treadmill run was: 0.5 miles increasing every 0.1 from 5.0, then 0.5 increasing from 5.1, then 1.5 increasing from 5.2, then 0.5 increasing from 5.3, 0.5 increasing from 5.4, and 1.0 increasing from 5.5, plus a big jump to about 7.0 at the end. Money. Then I did some lifting and ab/back work that I am already feeling (side lift things, 2 x 20 both sides w 10 lb weight, back raise things, 2 x 20 with weight, 2 x 20 bicycles and leg lifts, lat pull down things, 2 x 8 with 80 lbs, chest presses, 2 x 7 with 70 lbs). My core is sore, as is my chest. basically sore from hips to shoulders... and the delayed onset soreness isn't ever here yet. Yikes!

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