Iron Sink

I am typing this up on my phone with one finger. Kind of pathetic, but I need to make an update.

A few weeks ago, I went back to see the cardiologist and he gave me a new medicine to help with my POTS. I started taking it, and I vastly improved in about a week. I felt so good that I was camming again and I was even cooking, cleaning, sewing, and doing all manner of slave-y things. I was so good, in fact, that I was running up and down the stairs for fun. We’re talking serious improvement. I felt the way I did before July. I mean, yes, I still felt my heart pound when changing positions, but, meh, I could live with some POTS symptoms as long as I had my life back.

On Saturday Master Pravus decided he was going to take me to the Zoo to see the polar bear, seeing as how it was freezing out and it had recently snowed. I had not done as much walking as the Zoo requires in a long time, but, with my new medicine in hand we figured I would be fine.

And then, of course, I wasn’t. We got home and as I got out of the car I could barely walk. I could barely move my head or sit up. It was not good. I was stumbling so bad that I couldn’t make it to the bathroom without Master Pravus gripping my arms tightly and practically carrying me himself.

Master Pravus gave me extra salt and fed me a full can of coconut water, 16 ounces of Pedialyte, and 32 ounces of plain water. When that didn’t help we went to the Emergency Room.

After some blood tests the ER determined I was anemic. My hemoglobin was 10.4. I was given a ton of fluids and the doctor told me to take iron supplements and to eat more iron. Great.

Of course, I’m at home now and things are really just getting worse. Master Pravus made the futon into a bed and we have been sleeping down here so that I don’t need to go up and down the stairs. I have a hard time moving or sitting up first thing in the morning and I stumble around the house at odd points. Master Pravus has me off almost all of my duties and he is having me rest a lot more.

Today Master Pravus is getting out of work early and is taking me to my regular doctor to see what can be done. I’m taking iron tablets and we both know it could be a few weeks before those make me feel better but we both think I should not be getting worse.

I already was eating lots of spinach, beans, nuts and seeds before, so Master Pravus has been trying to help disguise the taste of red meat for me to make it more appealing. Last night I ate about two tablespoons of red meat he put on a pita bread pizza for me. I know that’s not a lot but I really hate the taste so I will have to work my way up.

So, I’m not dead over here, but I am struggling. Cross your fingers we can figure this out quickly.


5 thoughts on “Iron Sink

  1. Aww poor kitty! I really hope you feel better soon! I don’t know how you drink so much Pedialyte though. I used to drink it before when I was having lots of low blood pressure problems and from memory I don’t think it tasted that great. In regards to red meat, I know how you feel in regards to taste. Maybe try it mixed in with a stir fry with lots of sauce and tofu? I really hope you start to feel better, lots of hugs!

    1. @MomoNoHanna Omg yes, Pedialyte is nasty! It is just better than some of the more sugary alternatives. Know how I get it down? Honestly? I use a straw and drink it as quick as posdible. No sipping here. -.- Stir fry does sound like a good idea.

  2. oh you poor thing *big huge massive hugs* that is so pants and I really hope you perk up soon. I can’t imagine how bad it must feel to be getting better and then suddenly have the rug pulled from under you.

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