Back in February, I started to have trouble with my heart. Pressure and pain, feeling like my heart was struggling to work. I was always very emotional, though I'm not sure if it was because of the pain or along with it.
Obviously I have been going through a lot of stress, so I chalked it up to that, self-diagnosed myself with depression, prayed it through and kept going. I never mentioned it to my husband. But the trouble with my heart did not go away. I remembered that I had experienced similar symptoms during my teen years, but they had never found anything wrong. This time I was worried something really was wrong.
Finally, one Monday I was in a lot of pain and pressure, shortness of breath. I wondered if I was having a heart attack, should I go to the hospital? I didn't think it was a heart attack, but I was very worried and very emotional. I texted my husband to tell him, and he was not happy that I had been keeping this from him. He told me to call the doctor immediately.
So I went to the doctor and had a bunch of tests done. Turned out that I was severely anemic. I have been anemic all my life, kinda par of the course, and just figured it meant I was a little more tired. But I had never been this anemic. My body was literally starving for blood, which was causing my heart to work overtime, which was causing the pain and pressure I was feeling.
My doctor put me on a high dose of iron, and I've been taking that for the past three months. I can feel a difference.
About three weeks ago I decided that I was tired of the weight that I was carrying, so I started to eat right, which for me means not eating a dozen cookies every day! I also wanted to exercise, as I can tell that my body is inching closer to forty. ( I can't believe I just typed that!) So I ordered an exercise Wii game that I like and got started.
I noticed after a few workouts that I was incredibly tired after the workout. Wait a minute, I thought exercise was supposed to energize you, not make you want to take a three hour nap. Then, after my fourth workout, I started feeling that heart stuff again.
So, I checked with Dr Google, and found out that anemics have to be very careful with exercise, usually limiting themselves to walking or other forms of low-impact exercise. Aerobics is not recommended.
I'm so disappointed because I have no desire to walk in the hot heat and I really like this exercise Wii game. And I want to lose weight and gain some strength.
But I have to get my anemia under control first, I guess.
As Jim said "Oh well, at least I have a good excuse!"