Wednesday, May 12, 2010

About the Time I Thought I Was Going Crazy ...

So there's been the ongoing saga of Flea's thyroid and what to do. That, by the way, has been put on hold till mid-June, when the endocrinologist can see me. Woohoo. But the meds seem to be doing their job, so whatever.

There's also the issue of Flea's other hormones, namely the progesterone. I've been on some funky compounded cream for more than two years. I put it on religiously, or I feel like I'm going crazy. I stopped using it for a whole month while my thyroid underwent some tests. Very poor decision on my part. That seems to be back to normal, too, now that I'm using the cream again.

Add Flea's ADD issues, which aren't currently being addressed and for which I'm not medicated, and the whole ball of wax starts to melt a little.

Which is what I thought was going on last week. A quickly melting ball of wax. Because I was spinning out of control, totally losing it, sluggish again. The only thing I could think it would be was the ADD. That's all that was left. Right?

Wrong.

I went to the Red Cross to give blood last week. Y'all know how much I love to give blood. And eat their cookies. And drink their coffee. The problem came to a head there.

Let me back track sixteen years.

I was pregnant with my second child (Oatmeal Head), and I thought I was going nuts. Couldn't string sentences together. Would forget entire thoughts mid-sentence. Unsafe driver. I really thought I was going insane. It was horrid. I had no idea what was wrong. Maybe I was dying? So I went to see my OB/GYN.

My blood iron was low.

Doc gave me some iron tablets. Within three days I was back to normal. It was remarkable what difference a little iron made. Can you believe it?

This last couple of weeks the same thing has happened, but it had been so long since that occurrence that I didn't put the pieces together. I seriously thought I needed to talk with the doc about the ADD meds being incorporated back into my regimen.

When I went to the Red Cross last week to give, my iron was too low and they sent me home. It was very disheartening.

But! I picked up some iron pills (at the Hunny's insistence) and am going back today to try again. Wish me luck!

Oh, and is this crazy? Has this ever happened to you? Please tell me I'm not the only one.

Until I write again ...

Flea

10 comments:

♥Georgie♥ said...

I am pretty certain I need to be taking vitamins at the very least a good multi...
Hope the iron pills do their job...and you're back to normal soon!

TSannie said...

It amazes me how quickly the old bod can get out of whack! And the consequences of that. I remember when my grandmother went from being the nicest lady to the nastiest almost overnight. It was all because (don't remember what) something was completely out of the ordinary. As soon as it was figured out and corrected, she was back to her old wonderful self.

Trisha said...

I have had the experience of low iron in my blood which the doctors just couldn't get to the "correct" level. I went through all kinds of things before they figured out that my iron level is naturally low and when they put me on supplements, my body flushed out the "extra" iron and then some which caused my iron levels to be even lower! Weird!

Karen Deborah said...

I'm really beginning to wonder what you eat.
You do not need to give blood today. You need to build yourself up!

Mental P Mama said...

I would not be giving blood any time soon until you get that ball of wax all back together....and stop gluten, soy and other processed stuff! That's what I think!

Krista said...

Iron. Fe. I totally forgot about that important little element. I'm glad you figured it out and it was an easy fix - now for the other things!

Karen said...

I get that way with lack of Vitamin D. Who would have thought that tiny things like that could throw you way off? I hope you're all set now and can give blood.

Daryl said...

Never had iron issues .. I have been taking HRT for eons - a very low dose of estrogen - I have more than enough progesterone, thank you...

Jill of All Trades said...

Oh gosh sounds like a roller coaster. I have fortunately have not had to do hormones...have been doing multi vitamins and E and stuff then realized that I think I was over vitamizing myself and started getting arm itchies and neck flush...stopped all and it stopped. It is trying. Good luck.

CanadianMama said...

Flea,
I have been feeling that way too and also thought it was the pregnancy. Now I'm going to talk to the doc ASAP!