My drivers license is coming up for renewal on May first so I went for blood tests last week and made a doctor's appointment for yesterday morning.
The phone rings Monday morning, early. It's the doctor's receptionist. "We've got your blood tests back and the doctor wants you to come in and talk about."
Instant panic. All I can think, is that it has something to do with cancer.
Those were two very long days. Days I spent not getting stuff done that needed to be done. I was either praying or reading a book. I wish I were like my sister Lisa who becomes a cleaning whirlwind when something's bothering her. My house would be spotless this morning, rather than a disastrous mess. (There are some clean utensils though, so that's something. Right??)
Waiting in the doctor's office turned me into a sweaty basket case.
He saunters in, gives me a cheery hello, and starts chatting about renewing my medications, forms I need filled out for my license . . . until finally, finally, he says " So, the blood tests are back and your iron is really low."
Hang on, wait, my iron is really low??
You mean I'm not exhausted because the cancer has come back?
"No, everything else came back excellent, but your iron is really low."
"Ummmm. . . what would a normal number be??"
"12 at the absolute lowest but really, closer to 100."
For crying out loud! That is the last thing I would have thought of. (although Henry did mention it as a remote possibility, the smarty pants.)
Turns out that you can't eat red meat once or twice a month without consequences. I am not fond of red meat. The only time I eat it is if we go to a restaurant that serves prime rib, or perhaps a nice beef dip. Or if I make spaghetti . . .
The prescription? Iron pills three times a day for two weeks and then once a day for the next several months. LOTS of red meat. No tea, because the tannins inhibit iron absorption. :(
So. . . here it is, my doctor's note for bloggers
"To whom it may concern,
Rosa may not blog as often as she would like as her iron is very, very, low causing her to wish she could just go back to bed an hour after she gets out of it.
Please be patient with her. It can take six months or more for her iron levels to go back up."
Okay, Okay, there isn't really such a thing as a doctor's note for bloggers, but if there were . . . He would totally write one for me. He's awesome that way.
I have a ton of posts backed up in my head, but, I also have a ton of work to do to get ready for my upcoming plant sale and there are a few fun photography projects on the books as well, so we will see what we can do.
I have been dropping by Facebook a little more often these days. It it is a lot easier (and quicker) to post little updates there.If you want to see what's happening, just head over to my Facebook page and hit the Like button to stay up to date. :D
That said . . . there are so many posts swirling around my brain that they've got to come out eventually, so . . . stay tuned! I'll be back as often as I possibly can.