How time flies!
This week started off with a snow storm, that turned to rain and started melting away the snow...all in the same day of course, because I live in the Maritimes.
I had an appointment with my audiologist on Monday afternoon and she went over my latest hearing test results (from meeting with the specialist a couple of weeks ago) in more detail. The short version being, that my hearing has deteriorated a fair amount - where I was at about a 40-60% loss before, I am now looking at a 60-80% loss. We discussed next steps, and I go back again at the end of this week.
I found myself in tears on the way home. This is nothing new, I've been living with this for 10 years now. I was upset when I was first diagnosed, but I thought I had come to terms with it, the fact that things would likely get worse...But I guess it's different when you are faced with the reality of it. I am doing my best to focus on how fortunate I am that I have options, and that hearing aids are so much better now, and getting better all the time. It's still hard though.
By Monday, I was also feeling exhausted again, which probably didn't help matters. When I got home, I was flipping through a magazine and happened to see something about fatigue and Iron deficiency. So I looked it up and saw a list of familiar symptoms - fatigue, headaches, feeling weak, shortness of breath, inability to concentrate, dizziness; that describes exactly how I've been feeling.
How does one have these symptoms and not clue in that something might be wrong? I'm just so used to being tired. I get tired easily, I've always been that way. When I start to get over-tired, to the point that I can't keep up with things, I just try to take it easy, rest up, wait it out. This time, things were pretty extreme, but when you get in the habit of ignoring something, I suppose you need some sort of wake-up call to realize there is more to it.
On Tuesday I bought iron supplements and started taking them right away. By the second day I was starting to feel better. I'm still not bursting with energy, but I don't feel half dead and that is a huge improvement.
I did make a doctor's appointment as well. This seems like something I should get checked out, and I'm not sure what the deal is with iron supplements - how long one should keep taking them, for example.
I haven't mentioned this to Husband, since he is still away and I don't want him to worry. I'm expecting a rousing chorus of "I told you so!" when I do tell him. He's been saying for years that I need to eat more red meat, then I wouldn't be so cold all the time.
I have actually been looking up the iron content of everything I eat as well. I eat lots of things that contain iron, just not necessarily in large quantities.
Anyway, I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel now. I'm honestly still being pretty lazy. I forced myself to work out on Monday & Tuesday, because I'd been feeling like I couldn't just sit back and give in...But since then I just haven't been able to make myself do it. I'm not really feeling bad about that, truth to tell. But since I am feeling better, I'm hoping this coming week I'll be back in the game.
Let me in! It's snowing out here!
On Thursday, I went to see Ray's Reptile Zoo on my lunch break because I wanted to see the Lynx. Her name is Hazard. She did not appear to be impressed with the proceedings. Don't you just wish you could give her a hug?