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Oh, so I’m *really* anemic

Went to the dr for my blood test results today. Everything is good except for my hemoglobins and ferritin which are incredibly low. I’m not sure what the numbers mean exactly but the normal range is between 15 and 160 and mine is 4. I must start taking iron supplements immediately and change my diet to eat more iron-rich foods. Yay for spinach! I have not been a healthy eater and now it has come to bite me in the ass. Sigh.

At least I found out that there could be more to my lethargy and headaches than depression. If I get my iron stores up, I will likely see a big difference in my energy, says the doctor. I hope so.

Now to get the irritability under control. I have officially stopped the wellbutrin – I was just too agitated on it. I get my second opinion psychiatry appt next week, and I will see what this guy says. My GP is thinking that I may be bipolar II. I don’t feel particularly hypomanic, but my agitation and irritability could be seen as that, with my depressive episodes being much more prominent.

I don’t want to be bipolar II.  It’s another scary label. I was just getting used to and accepting that I have anxiety and depression.

More waiting.

Meanwhile, here’s a pretty scenery pic of a place where I frequently walk my dogs. It’s a place that generally relaxes me.



6 thoughts on “Oh, so I’m *really* anemic

  1. I love to read your words. I laugh and cry.
    My friend and co-writer the “Fanatic,” was just diagnosed as bi-polar last week. Crazy making for her.

  2. I feel as though once you get your iron under control you will start to feel so much better. Let’s wait and see what the other dr says.

  3. Really low iron levels can mimic depression, though if you are already depressed it sure as hell makes it worse. Glad you found this out! How about some kale?! 😉

  4. Hand in there- I know what you mean about another label- that’s how I felt last year when my psych suggested that I have ADD- another label, another prescription :\

    On the plus side, knowing what relaxes you, and going there regularly, is a strength against the agitation. Nature has such wonderful effects 🙂

  5. That looks like a very pretty and relaxing place. Hopefully you’re not Bipolor II but hopefully they can get you on a medication that helps. I’m also tired a lot and thought it was due to the depression…maybe I’ll look into the iron thing. 🙂

  6. Don’t let the BPII possibility make you too anxious–it’s not as scary as BPI and is very treatable. (I don’t have it, but had to research it for a friend–he says his ups are more like anxiety and his downs are more like depression. But maybe it’s different for everyone.)

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