Monday, June 3, 2013

Iron Love

My headaches came back with a vengeance.

And I have been ridiculously tired lately.  An awful combination, don't you think?

I had passed it off as not being able to sleep because of my headaches, but decided to see a doctor about it anyway.  Last Friday they took some blood and sent it to the lab for some tests.

Today as the kids and I were headed out to play, I got a call from my doctor's office.

The lab results were in.  Dun dun dun!



Or rather, still.

The nurse I spoke with told me my doctor wanted to call in a prescription for iron for me.  I told her I was already taking iron pills.  She then told me to eat Cream of Wheat for breakfast because that is supposed to give 50 % of the daily needed iron intake.  I sighed.  I have been eating porridge (Cream of Wheat) nearly every morning for the past two years. I am still anemic.  I have even been adding more meat to my diet.  And I am still anemic.  She told me to come back in a few weeks and they would prick my finger and see if I have been able to increase my iron through my own methods, as I requested.  If not, I might have to take two iron supplements.  One in the morning, and one at night.

At least I know why my head has been hurting so much.  And why I have been sleeping so much and still been tired.  Because I am low on iron.  See, a while back I learned that iron in the blood binds to the oxygen and carries it throughout the body and to the organs.  Without iron, the body doesn't receive enough oxygen, and it can cause tiredness.  If the brain doesn't get enough oxygen, it can cause headaches.  Mystery solved.

Since I have already been doing all of the things suggested by the nurse, and my iron levels are so low, I did a little research and learned something so simple and amazingly helpful which will add to the iron in my food.

Cast iron pans.

Who knew leaching into food was a good thing?!  Evidently that is what these little beauties of pans do.  Depending on what is cooked in the pan (and I am wondering if the age of the pan has any affect on it, too) the levels of iron added to the food are awesomely high.  So the kids and I stopped by the store after playing, and I found a gorgeous cast iron pan.  I am going to try cooking most of our food in it, and then seeing if it helps my iron at all.  I got it home, seasoned it, and made a delicious dinner.  So excited for my new pan, as it can go from the stove top, to the oven, to the fire.  Love!  I don't know any other pan that can do that.  Its like magic!

Being this tired has really taken a toll on my writing,or any activities after 2 pm for that matter, but I am hoping to be back to normal soon, and to have the energy by the end of the day to actually record what we did.  We have been keeping awfully busy.  Jeffrey had a birthday, we have family in town, and we have been on lots of outings.  Or so my pictures remind me.  :)  Thank heavens for the pictures or I would have no clue what we have been up to!


*Jess* said...

Great idea! And I have a lot of friends that love cooking in their cast iron pan because it makes everything taste better! I wonder why your body doesn't absorb iron... has your doctor talked about that?

Jenny said...

Oh man.

My daughter struggles with this as well.

What about kale chips?

Do the kids like them?

I think they're super high in iron, too!

Have you tried taking Vitamin C (and/or orange juice) along with your iron tablet?

Confessions of a PTO Mom said...

You've given me food for thought with your new pan. (ha!) I've been suffering with more headaches than usual lately, too. I feel your pain. Literally. (ha! again!)

I also take vitamin B6 and Riboflavin. They're supposed to help with blood flow and energy.

Susan Anderson said...

My mom has had anemia all her life, to varying degrees. She doesn't absorb it from supplements so they now give her iron infusions which seem to work very well for her.

Hope the iron skillet does the trick, but if not, the infusions are always an option. Feel better!

Noodle said...

=( I hope you can I find a good solution for you and not have to deal with the head aches and tired feeling any more =(

Jenny said...

Hey. Are you feeling any better?