On Thursday I was driving home from visiting my nephew in Connecticut when my doctor called to advice me to go to the nearest hospital asap. Blood test results from that morning were worrisome and she wanted me treated immediately.
Of all the things that could be wrong, I am lucky. Per the ER doctor I am severely anemic, so much so both he and my primary care physician were shocked I had not passed out since my hemoglobins were dangerously low.
I have been feeling exhausted for the past 2 months, not just the usual exhaustion I always sort of feel as a result of flinging myself across the country each week or so for my client. This was a deep in my bones all I want to do is sleep, out of breath walking up the stairs exhaustion.
Turns out this was because the iron in my body was so low, my blood was being deprived of oxygen which in turn causes everything I was feeling. Fortunately I am on the mend now, armed with iron pills and bed rest for a few days.
This is the wake up call I needed, time to make a change in my life so I can be around to see by next 35 birthdays.
I am an all or nothing type of person, though it doesn’t always work for me at least when it comes to being healthy. Slow and steady is going to win this race, with eating better and exercising more. Prioritizing me before anything else.