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Boringly Normal

I went back to the doctor today to get the results of last week’s blood tests. And on the whole they were absolutely fine. I’m not diabetic; my thyroid and liver functions are normal; my campaign to eat more broccoli and spinach has worked as I’m no longer anaemic. Even my blood pressure is boringly normal. The only thing that was out of nominal bounds was my calcium level, which was slightly too low. I’ve been told to eat more cheese & drink more milk (I’m thinking in the form of a pre-bedtime hot chocolate……..) and to get the blood tests run again in a few weeks to see if that’s made a difference.

So no answers there as to why I’m feeling so exhausted. On the one hand I’m pleased that there is nothing organically wrong. On the other, I was hoping that a simple iron supplement would be enough to restore my energy levels, and it doesn’t look as though there will be a quick fix like that.

{ 5 } Comments

  1. Richard P | 4 April 2011 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Good to hear the dull news.
    F was ‘prescribed’ hot chocolate because of it’s alleged iron content. Clearly it’s a rich source of minerals, especially if galvanized cattle troughs fed via magnesium boride pipes are involved in its production.
    Hope you’ll take time for plenty of new-FY rest.

  2. Q&J | 5 April 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Dare I say better to be ‘boringly normal’ than ‘normally boring’?
    No, maybe I’d better not, so I won’t!!

  3. Fabienne P | 5 April 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Calcium actually interferes with iron absorption… and you would have to put a lot of cocoa in your hot chocolate to get a decent amount of iron.
    Would a hot chocolate just before going to bed advisable, given that the chocolate might prevent you from sleeping even more than normal?

  4. Gillian | 8 April 2011 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I still think that hot chocolate is the answer – just probably to a completely different question!

  5. HW | 6 April 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi Gillian,

    If you fancy another coffee with an (old) colleague I have a bit of time spare.