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|Thu, 03-17-2011 - 9:37am|
So Tee mentioned something to me this morning that got my wheels turning.
For a long time DH and I have suspected that I am anemic as I have many of the symptoms.
- I am always cold, particularly my hands, feet and face.
- You look at me sideways and I will bruise. Big ugly nasty ones too.
- I have these teeny tiny red speckles all over my upper arms. I have wondered about them for a long time only to find out just now that this is a sign of low iron anemia – particularly low blood platelets.
- I sometimes have bleeding with BM (sorry for the tmi) :)
Most of these symptoms can be attributed to lots of other things but the tiny red dots are very compelling to me. I have them everywhere and I have often thought them strange and wondered what they are. I had no idea it was a symptom of anemia. I have always suspected I might have it just because of how cold I always am and how easily I bruise. It really is amazing, I have bruises all over and I never know where they come from. The slightest bump leaves bruising. Strip me naked and I probably look abused!
Anyway, even thought I have always kind of suspected I have anemia, it never really cause a huge problem in my day to day life so I just kind of lived with it but I had no idea it might have some effect on fertility. I don’t think I have ever had my levels checks.
Turns out that there is also a link between anemia and infertility.
Do I think this is my golden ticket to baby? Nope not all, but I would like to stop looking like I live in a battered woman’s shelter and to not have to walk around dressed like we live in the arctic so I don’t freeze to death. It’s a simple blood draw and a CBC. Won’t take 30 minutes so it’s worth looking into.
I’ve made an appt for Monday at my PCP so the results will be back in 2014 sometime :)