It didn’t take too long for the fatigue to set in. Despite the high potency iron, my hemoglobin kept dipping lower and lower, reaching as low as 8.2, where it hovered for two months. My job took every ounce of energy I had, and that was really pushing it. There were many many nights I would come home and just go to bed. I was just too exhausted to do anything else. This went on for about probably 4 to 6 weeks but slowly I got a little bit of energy back. Rose says (“Rose says,” you’ll hear that a lot, because Rose knows!) that over time, your body adjusts, and you just end up dealing with it.
But even though I’m not in bed by 8:00 every night now, I’m so tired ALL the time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m about as far away from being athletic as one could be and still be above ground. But I still usually have a fair amount of energy. I’ve even been called “hyper.” Yeah, not now. Not even close. I would love to sleep for a week but I don’t think that will even make a difference. And trying to stay awake on the road on my hours-long commute to clinics is a challenge. I’m seriously over it. I’m tired of not feeling like myself. I’m tired of being exhausted all the time. I’m tired of being in a bad mood and complaining all the time. (Oh wait, that probably won’t change. Ha.)