August 20, 2012

Iron Quest - The Final Day

Well Divas and Divos,

I had my last iron infusion today.  I can't say that I will miss the ol' Iron, but I can say that I do feel a little more energetic and strong.  Yesterday, I noticed that even from walking at the mall and carrying packages, I wasn't tired or sore.  Imagine that???

After my infusion, the nurse told me I may not feel the overall effects of the iron for another six weeks.  I told her I typically felt tired right after the infusion, and before she came by to remove the IV, she caught me catnapping. After I was all done, I have to admit that I felt pretty good.

So where does this leave me now?  I have a follow-up with the hematologist in six weeks, and a follow-up with my Bariatric surgeon in two weeks.  I also have to see the Gastroenterologist for a follow-up as well.  At this point, though, I have to concentrate on three things, eating iron rich foods, taking my vitamin supplements, and exercise.  I feel like I can do it too! For the first time in years, and did I say years, I feel like I can go to the gym and work out the way I should.  I am happy for the extra energy.  The GI doctor wanted me to concentrate on eating "clean" -- no refined carbs, sodas (I don't drink those anymore anyway), no junk foods, plenty of water, fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, etc, and lots of exercise.  He also mentioned something about looking for another job in order to find my sanity again.

All of these things I am certain I can do, but I need your help and support.  I need you to help keep me motivated and accountable for what I need to do. Please leave me a comment to let me know if you will be willing to cheer me on in my new "journey" toward a healthier and less stressful lifestyle.  Leave me a message and let me know you following me and supporting my journey and that I can count on you for your encouragement me.  Let me know you'll be there!

Smooches!