Getting a little more personal on the blog today because it surprised me to learn how many woman are struggling (or have struggled in the past) with iron deficiency. In fact, a quick search in google and a tap into Statistics Canada informed me that iron deficiency affects 20 to 25% of the world population and is more common in women than men.
I can remember when I started to feel “off”. It was when we got back from our trip to Florida and I woke up in the middle of the night because my face felt numb. It was the weirdest feeling and I couldn’t shake it off. It was still a bit numb when I woke up but I ignored it and went to work. My face didn’t feel normal again until the evening of the next day. As the week progressed, I started tasting what could only be described as iron in my mouth. And then, the dizzy spells started. They would come and go but the floor of the room felt like it was moving when I looked down. I honestly felt awful and since I am generally a very healthy person, I was terrified. I want to say that I went to the doctor right away but I didn’t.
Instead, I let myself get extremely anxious about it and would wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I couldn’t breathe because I was so panicked. And as the drama thickened in my mind, I legit thought I was going to die. Looking back at it all now, I sort of have to laugh because I was being so ridiculous. But I am very in tune with my body and always have been. Knowing that I didn’t feel “right” was petrifying. I reached out to my sister who calmed me down and forced me to make an appointment with the doctor.
Now, a little side story.
While this was all happening and I was a total basket case, my husband basically diagnosed me. I don’t know how he knew but he said he watches everything that I eat and I rarely touch anything with iron in it. I’m a chicken girl and while I honestly do enjoy beef, it doesn’t make its way into my diet very often. So once Benjamin clued into the issue my mom found out and stocked me up on the best iron pills you can get your hands on! It was crazy because I actually started taking the pills before my blood work results came back in and within days I was feeling so much more like myself. The dizziness took awhile to go away but it eventually did! And what do you know, two doctor appointments and a trip to the lab later, my doctor confirmed that I indeed was deficient in iron and leaning towards anemia.
Doctoring is one of the hardest things for me and I am really proud that I did what I needed to do (even though blood work/needles freak me right out). But most of all, I am just so grateful that my doctoring was a simple fix. I have taken my good health for granted in the past but as time progresses, a person really realizes just how important our health is. And how important it is to prioritize taking care of it. So make sure all of you are doing the same ♥
P.S. I did want to note that I also felt pain in my left arm, extreme fatigue and more hair loss than usual. For any of you who are experiencing some of these same symptoms, please look into your iron levels.