After dealing with an upper respiratory thing for a week, I decided to visit the doctor to be sure my lungs were clear. They were. Whew!
But while there, I mentioned I had been feeling lethargic for a few months and more importantly, getting out of breath while climbing stairs or exerting myself.
The doctor immediately did an in-office finger prick and discovered my iron was super low. I mean, REALLY low. From there I went straight to the lab for further testing and by the next day had the results that confirmed I would need iron by IV infusion.
I was able to get in to the hematology office on Friday, where it was confirmed I needed the iron to “top off my tank.” A total of 6 weekly infusions should get me back where I need to be.
It will take 2-3 weeks to actually begin feeling better, but I’m very grateful to have begun the path to fixing the issue. Of course, that still leaves figuring out the reason my iron was depleted, but the doctor suspects my ulcers have reappeared. So, a trip to the gastroenterologist is up next.
I’m a person who generally takes action.
I try to be on top of things. And I get things done. But I have to admit, I also tend to be more conservative with my health. I’m not an alarmist and often take a wait and see approach. Hence the reason I’ve been feeling “off” for several months without visiting my doctor. But at 66, it’s probably time to make a change to that approach and be a little more pro-active.
I hear you, Joyce.
But it wasn’t only the cold that brought me to the doctor last week. It was actually something Joyce Meyers said. While listing to one of her YouTube videos where she talks about making decisions, she used an illustration that made the lightbulb over my head start blinking as I realized she was talking about me.
To illustrate how not making decisions or following through on a decision can have disastrous consequences, she mentioned a person with a medical issue who instead of taking care of it while it was a small problem, puts it off for years. By the time they finally see the doctor the small issue has become a big deal.
That’s all it took.
Yup, that’s literally all it took. After hearing Joyce’s example, the next day I was seeing the doctor, after deciding it was time to find out why I wasn’t feeling well rather than delaying further with the possibility it would become a bigger problem.
And if you read up on severe iron loss, you find it really is a big deal. It can even lead to a heart attack. Of course, it’s also important to know the cause and address that as well.
Decisions and Follow-Through
Here I am, a take-charge kind of person, who still put off seeing the doctor for much too long. So, imagine the person who has a hard time with decision-making and follow-through.
It was a wake-up call for me and I share my experience with you, too. I know decision-making can be difficult. I know following through on those decisions can be even more difficult but it can be so worth it.
Joyce does such a good job with this, that I’m sharing a link to her 28-minute video. She has a great way of using plain English, vivid illustrations, and lots of humor to enable the listener to really hear the message. LISTEN IN and see if you agree.
What decision have you been putting off? Or is it the follow-through that has you stuck? Dare to make a change. Consider moving ahead. May my example and Joyce’s teaching be an encouragement to you.