Um, is that good?

26 Nov

Over the past 6 months or more, I’ve had real problems motivating myself to do things – well, to do anything, really. That’s – well, I think that’s unlike me – it’s certainly not the way I see myself – but it hasn’t been something I could fix. I’ve always prided myself on my willpower and on my ability to get things done, and that has seemed to have failed me this year.

Last week, my doctor ordered some blood tests. I finally managed to speak with the practice nurse this morning. The verdict? “Your iron levels are very low and your glucose is borderline, you should come in and speak to the doctor, how is 11:45 this morning? That’s her last free appointment before Thursday.”

So off I trundled.

Turns out, it’s not as bad as it sounds. The borderline glucose isn’t really borderline at all (she thought when she got the results that I was doing a fasting bloodtest, but I wasn’t) – so that’s good news. We’ll check it again in 3 months, particularly as both my parents have adult-onset diabetes. The iron count is low. Think loooooooooooowwwwwwwww.

Me: How low is it?
Dr Emily: Your ferritin level is 5.6
Me: Um, is that good?
Dr Emily: Well, it should be at least 20
Me: ooookay
Dr Emily: And we’d ideally like it to be over 100
Me: :has fear of god put into self:

I remember having this problem once before, just before Biggie turned 1. I had to have a minor medical procedure and had a bizarre conversation with the anaesthetist.

Anaesthetist: It says here you’re anaemic, do you know what your iron levels are?
Me: Yes, they’re 11.
Anaesthetist: Don’t be ridiculous, if they were that low you’d never be able to get out of bed.

So the outcome is iron tablets (ugh), leafy green veg (ugh) and lots of red meat (not so ugh). And OJ with all of the above.

I should start to feel human again in a month or so. Which is good news for Fraser, who has to deal with my being exhausted and collapsing into bed for an afternoon on most weekends. And good news for the kids, who deserve a mother who does stuff with them. And good news for my clients, as I get my proactive self back again.

And good news for me, too 🙂


Posted by on November 26, 2007 in health


2 responses to “Um, is that good?

  1. racinghippo

    November 29, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    I believe ostrich is extremely high in iron content.
    Get your lasso out…

  2. melissainau

    November 29, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    The day Agricola arrived, we had beef and lamb sausages for dinner.

    Our supermarket doesn’t stock wild boar, unfortunately.


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