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The Indefinite Article.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Doctor Visit

I had a yearly-checkup last week. They did the usual poking and prodding and cough-inducing. Also, they took a bunch of my precious blood.

I got the results of my blood-work today. Everything is ok, but the results indicate that I am “borderline anemic”. WTF? I suppose this explains my chronic fatigue…

Anemia, from the Greek meaning ‘without blood’


  • me too Pablo. My hemoglobin is between 11.7-11.9. I have leukemia patients with more blood than me. I try to explain my hatred of running on this fact.

    By Blogger Liz, at 8:11 AM  

  • so, do you take a supplement? do you eat lots of spinaca and brocoli?

    By Blogger pablo, at 9:30 AM  

  • Paul, I've had anemia 3 different times in my life:
    - When I was a vegetarian in high school
    - When I was low iron
    - When I gave plasma in college

    Usually, the approach was always to increase iron/protein levels by eating meat or iron- and protein-rich foods like red beans, beets, spinach, peanut butter, etc.

    Did you talk to your doctor about? What did he/she say? I don't think it's a huge problem, at any rate...

    By Blogger Amber Freda's, at 5:05 PM  

  • I have not had a chance to talk to my doctor about, but I know that I the source of the problem is low-iron. Todd says I should eat more magnets.

    By Blogger pablo, at 8:56 AM  

  • If I know you correctly, you, like me, eat plenty of iron rich foods. If it's not broccoli, it's meat or something. Some people's bodies just don't store as much reserve, so you have less around on any given day. I did start taking a multivitamin (against my will) and have not gone back to reckeck yet. It really isn't a bad idea and it doesn't hurt (too bad) to take. Overall-you're fine.

    By Blogger Liz, at 11:05 AM  

  • Hmmm .. I just realized after reading Liz's comment that I haven't had anemia at all since I started taking a multivitamin every morning -- maybe that's why.

    By Blogger Amber Freda's, at 4:00 PM  

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