Thursday, July 29, 2010

Anemia and Aha Moments

Yesterday I went to the doctor. Reluctantly although excited to discover what the eff is wrong with me.
After feeling dizzy every time I stand up as well as sometimes just when sitting still and having a dull headache for a week or more I decided it was time to go. Oh yes and the exhaustion. I have never been a napper. Ever.   Now I am napping and for like an hour or more.  I don't know how I managed to make it through Bix.

The real kicker was when I went to run with a friend at Grays Lake on Sunday and I couldn't get past 2.25 miles without having to walk.  It was literally I could not go any farther. There was just no way. It was scary since I can and usually do push past the cruddy feelings and get the run done anyways but there was nothing to draw from. The take was empty.
  Its been kind of depressing to say the least since I just signed up for the Des Moines Marathon not but a week or so ago.  That is probably not going to happen.
So my doctor said after the blood work he could do in his office, that I am significantly anemic.  Not enough for a transfusion but enough to be pretty concerned about. We are waiting to see what kind of anemia it is based on the rest of the results that I should be getting back Monday morning.
Suffice it to say, I am not running.  I am behind on this months goal of 100 miles by 21 miles. I am not happy about this but there is not much I can do other than wait and see and try and eat better.  I wasn't getting much iron to begin with and then with the heat and my period.  No more speculation. I will know more on Monday.

 On a lighter note, I went to the State Historical Building downtown and hung out with the Mutual of Omaha Aha Moment crew.  They had invited me to come and record a clip about my moment.  I went with barefoot running although its hard to pick one epiphany that I have been so fortunate to have.
I was so incredibly nervous it almost hurt.  I had been stressing about it for days.
But then I get there and meet these people and think myself a fool for being so nervous.  They were so friendly and easy to be around.
They have been traveling around the country for over 3 months together going city to city capturing peoples Aha Moments. You can watch last years on their website. There are some really great ones out there.


Their Airstream mobile recording studio is amazing.  I really should have watched some of the other moments to see that it was not anything like  my crazy imagination was making it out to be.  The human imagination is an amazing beast.


Best of luck to them as they travel to Kansas City and then to Wichita Kansas.


Of course as soon as it was done and over with I totally wanted a "do over". The ways in which to say what is on my mind while sounding like a wise and calm woman came to me the instant I was sitting in my car thinking that in fact I sounded like a total simpleton.  Hopefully my good faith in their editing abilities will prove to be sound.

Thanks again to all who entered the Gone For a Run giveaway I hosted recently.  I have spoken to Ryan and we have agreed to do another something in the fall. Maybe some winter gear!  
Hello to all the new readers!  

How are all of your trainings going? Are you on track? Nervous as hell about something coming up?
Have a great Thursday friends.

28 comments:

funderson said...

Give this girl some steak! :)
Sorry about the anemia...so crappy.

Marlene said...

So sorry to hear about the health concerns. I'm glad you went to the doctor and are taking steps to get better! Here's hoping that happens quickly.

Awesome on the AHA! Moment!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

You know i was having the same sluggish thing and what finally took care it for me was taking MSM and salt tablets cured the lightheadedness. I have a post going up about it but basically drinking soooo much water and sweating so much was washing all the nutrients right outta me

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

sorry i hate those kind of comments, like what works for me would work for you! It might not, but it's an idea in case you don't find out much!

mommaof3ontherun said...

I hope that you figure out the anemia. I was anemic in my pregnancies and know how exhausting it can be.

RunningGirl said...

I was born anemic. I remember the foul iron meds I had to drink until I was like 4 years old! BLECH! Even now, to this day, when I get too cold too easily, or too tired with no good reason, I pop some iron. Hopefully it wont take too much from your training, though. And, hopefully it gets the proper diagnosis.
I have another doc. appt today about my broken heel (has had me out for 4 months!) and hopefully get the full green light. I have been very anxious about this appointment all month!

Emz said...

Praying all goes well for you. Anemia sucks - I know.

I went to an event today for my work and told everyone there about my "barefoot running friend" - hoping they'll be stopping by your site ASAP. They were amazed [duhhhh] who isn't!? ;)

Tuck said...

You're aware that anemia can be a common side effect of gluten sensitiviy or celiac, I presume?

I've read on your other posts that you've got a problem with wheat...

Melinda said...

Sorry to hear your news but I'm glad you found out what was wrong. At least it's something you can fix, too. Good luck and I hope you are running again soon.

Laura said...

Sorry to hear about the anaemia, I hope you can get it under control and start feeling better soon.

Rad Runner said...

Sorry to hear about the bump in the road girl! I wish you luck, I am glad its something that can be fixed :)

Wells L said...

Sorry to hear about your health road bump - try eating more spinach (raw or cooked), shrimp, liver, oysters, clams, blackstrap molasses, sardines, canned aspargus, canned beans, baked potato with skin, pumpkin seeds, and enriched breakfast cereals. Hope it helps - get better soon.

indyhumes said...

I have been following your blog for a while. I, also am a runner and recently was diagnosed with anemia...same type stuff...I am not a napper and I started napping, etc. Mine wasnt significant but I take major doses of iron twice a day. I tried to take less the last few days to see if I was good now and nope! I have to continue to take it! Good luck and hope you get back out on the trails soon!

Christine Jensen said...

So sorry to hear about the anemia. I had that in a couple of pregnancies and it was tough (I can't imagine having it when I wanted to run a marathon...ugh) Get better soon :)

MCM Mama said...

Glad you've got at least the beginnings of some answers. Hope you start feeling better quickly.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I wonder if that is what is wrong with me...I have felt so OFF lately.. Hugs to Aha Moments. Hey I may use your Giveaway list on High Five Friday, but will give you credit :)

Hugs!

momof3 said...

ah, but the good news is that most of the time anemia (on it's own) is very treatable! Take it easy, and go eat some spinach. It'll boost your iron, and mentally you'll know you did something to take control of the anemia.

JessiePants said...

I found out a couple months ago that I am also anemic, but what a relief to know what's going on! Try Floradix, great supplement and good luck young lady : )

Molly said...

Your AHA moment sounds like a great time, but that's lousy about the anemia. Hopefully it will remedy itself with some additions to your diet....feel better Girl!

Anne said...

Sorry to hear about the anemia...I hope it can be cleared up quickly.

I just read your comment on MCM mama's post about being "ourselves" and your comment reflected my thoughts exactly. I am definitely a do it my way kind of girl and I liked how you worded it.

THe AHA moment website sounds great!

Julie said...

Hi Angie,
Take care of yourself! Anemia sucks...I had it when I was preggers with my little guy. I remember just feeling so tired and worn out. So good to hear that you went to the doctor and got a few answers.

The AHA moment taping sounds amazing and it looks like you had fun:) Happy weekend!

Cynthia O'H said...

Oh, I feel for you. That was the situation I was in back in April - only, with me, it was pneumonia.
Take your time to rest and recuperate; I know, with little guys and work, it's hard but you have to put yourself higher on the totem pole.
Love the AHA!

Steel Springs said...

I was diagnosed with anemia at the end of May and these sound almost exactly like my symptoms. I'm so sorry that you're dealing with this! I've been taking iron supplements and paying attention to my diet and it's really worked. I was surprised at how good I felt a few weeks after the diagnosis...it's one of those things where you don't even realize how bad things were until they get better.

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