Friday, February 20, 2009

Blood and Guts

So I got the blood test results back from my health screening. They were all out of whack. I knew they would be. And I freaked out about it. I knew I would.

Hubby told me I wasn’t dying. I was just anemic, needed protein, iron, B vitamins. I told him he didn’t know anything and called Best Friend, who is a nurse. She told me I wasn’t dying. I was just anemic, needed protein, iron, B vitamins. I was slightly more prone to think she might not be totally lying to me, but not totally sure. So just for good measure, I showed the info to Acupuncturist. He said I was anemic, needed protein, iron, B vitamins. I'm paying him no matter what so why would he lie to me? (But they did all say the same thing, completely independent of each other, soooo maybe Hubby knows something after all…..).

So…. Apparently I’m anemic, in need of protein, iron, and B vitamins. Which probably goes some way to explain why I’ve been so tired. And cranky. And why running has been such a chore. So, I’ve started taking a multi-vitamin again (long story why I ever stopped). But I was told by Best Friend, Acupuncturist, and Hubby that I had to take a grown up multi-vitamin this time. Not Flintstones, which is what I was taking before (like, a year ago. And when I was 5. Which is perfectly fine. Really.) Did you know grown-up multi-vitamins are the size of your FIST? That you GAG when you try to swallow them? Explain to me, please, WHY I can’t take the Hannah Montana gummy vitamins? It says right on the bottle “adults and children over 4, 100% of just about everything.” But no. I’ll just gag those horse pills down instead.

Also I started drinking orange juice again, (another long story why I stopped.) but with low acid. And revamped the grocery list. Which was harder than it sounds, as most of the iron rich foods are meat, which I don’t eat, or foods that tend to trigger the whole IBS thing. Actually, I downloaded the Chi-Running grocery list, which was pretty good and only needed a little retooling. We’ll see how it all plays out now. I imagine that the whole give-up-chocolate-for-Lent thing will help, too, (since that's been the basis of my diet for about a month now and, while super yummy, is probably not all that nutritionally sound). At least, it will probably help physiologically. Psychologically, it might kill me. But at least I’ll die with plenty of protein, iron, and B vitamins!


Bacardi Mama said...

You had iron problems before. Take the big girl vitamins. You can always cut them in half to get them down.

mommy boo of two said...

Get your strength and energy back bc with spring around the corner noodle and lizard will run you ragged :)