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After receiving the results from the blood tests my doctor ordered, there were three critical deficiencies that I had no idea I had incurred. All I know is that it became increasingly easy for me to gain weight. I realized that no matter how hard I was exercising, my body was fatigued, I was sleepy all the time. My bones started popping whenever I got up, walked, or exercised. My eyes became increasingly sensitive to light. Driving at night became scary, and during the day I would find myself squinting to adjust to the light around me. I'm like... WTF!?!?! I'm breaking down... I'm dying!!!
When I told my doctor these symptoms she brushed it off and said it was nothing. As a matter of fact she told me that she just read a report that stated popping joints were due to extra air between the joints. (I'm gonna fire her as soon as I find a tip top replacement). The next day the nurse's assistant called me with the report, she warned me of the Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, and Iron deficiency that was upon me. She stressed that my Vitamin D levels were a 6, when the normal should be 40. My levels were so low they had to prescribe me Vitamin D. Then she suggested an over-the-counter supplement to get my iron and Vitamin B12 levels up.
As soon as I got out of there I started researching the signs and symptoms of each of these deficiencies. So amazing how I found a research study that linked Vitamin D deficiencies with light sensitivity by taking it to google.
So how did I get here? How long had I been here? I don't know. I've had blood tests, but this is the first time anything was said. So now I have questions for my doctor. And I'm taking copies of the report so she can educate herself. I expect the persons who care for me to really care for me. But until then, the only person who can make sure I get the best care and the best education is myself. Soooo... let's work on this plan to get my levels up!
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I went in to my yearly appointment with my doctor and I was so shocked at how this little lady straight up man handled my emotions. The year before I was about 7 pounds lighter. I had gained about 14 pounds since then but then I came back down a bit. The nurses finished all the routine testing and blood pressure checks and finger pricking AND finally the doctor comes in to see me.
The first thing she does is look at her notes from the previous year and sees our discussion on weight loss and exercise. She then slams her folder shut and squares me up with her short thin self. She tells me basically that I haven't made any progress to a healthier lifestyle and my health is in jeopardy. I'm thinking like, shawty slow down there just a bit. I've shed 10 pounds via detox, I drink all natural homemade fruit and spinach smoothies, and I'm doing strength training at my desk every day... Do you want to see these bi's and tri's I got going on over here.
So after a moment of discussion, we both realized that I failed to bring the cardio element back into my routine. I was so infatuated with the toning and muscle building aspect of fitness that I forgot to get my cardio training in. She said to get about 30 minutes of cardio a day. So I'm going for 60. I've got to make up for lost time. I think this is the missing piece that will get me back on target to fighting this obesity from 360 degrees.