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Lots of data but no answers
Wednesday was my latest OB appointment. I got the results from the tests that entailed this afternoon.

The good news: I passed the one hour glucose screening. I will not have to abandon my love for all things sweet.

The bad news: It turns out that I am still anemic.

I will point out that I got this news after lunch. What did I have for lunch? Well, I had a big bowl from the salad bar, fill about halfway with baby spinach. Added to that were cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, two boiled eggs, some croutons and a large double spoonful of mandarin oranges, topped lightly with a bit of dressing. I had the same thing on Wednesday and on Monday, with some variation in the ingredients, but the spinach and mandarin oranges were constant. I had a small version of the salad yesterday with a slice of pizza. I have also been drinking lots and lots of orange juice. I fill this in as background to put my conversation with the nurse in context.

I was urged yet again to get more dietary iron, and to make sure I took it with vitamin C to help with the absorption of the iron. I tried to assure the nurse that I had been doing exactly that, but she either did not believe me or was not listening, because she felt compelled to tell me to drink more orange juice to help my body absorb the iron. I guess the quart a day I've been downing isn't enough, even with all the other fruit on the side.

It gets better. I am to start taking iron supplements twice a day, but she was sure to warn me to up my fiber intake and my water intake because the extra iron can cause constipation. I decided against informing her of the several pots of herbal tea I am drinking every day, or the high fiber foods that I am already eating, and that, frankly are not helping enough with the intestinal issues that I already have. Call it a character flaw, but I really hate it when people tell me to do the stuff that I am already doing that isn't quite doing the trick. I guess being a nurse is like doing tech support, even when you tell them that you have already done X, Y and Z to try to correct the problem they tell you to do X, Y and Z anyway because they're used to having to tell people to do X, Y and Z.
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enugent From: enugent Date: April 12th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Is this nurse Pollyanna, or someone else?

Sorry about the anemia. I actually haven't noticed much difference from the supplemental iron - I don't think it affects everyone the same way. Maybe you'll be lucky, too. If not, they can prescribe a good stool softener (I get one in the hospital, and once we got the dosage right, everything works just fine).

While spinach is rich in iron as vegetables go, it can be hard to eat enough of non-meat sources to really get enough iron. I know the fetus doesn't like you to eat meat, but sometimes you have to do things your children don't like for their own good. :) At least, get Warren to cook you some spaghetti in a cast-iron pan.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 12th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrat's on passing the 1 gtt. I hope I also pass. That whole iron debacle just sounds frustrating. I hope that gets better
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