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It feels like summer here. Legitimate, beach-and-barbecue summer. The temperature is in the nineties today: when the thermostat in the house reached eighty-nine I gave in an turned on the air conditioning for the first time of the season. I keep having to remind myself it’s April: as much as I’m enjoying this business of working from home it has definitely messed with my sense of time.

On the plus side, I’m currently hydrating LIKE IT’S MY JOB. Drinking enough water always feels like a chore for me: I’m not sure why. Sparkling water helps a bit, even if it’s unflavored. It’s like regular water: only fun. Party water.

The other habit that I need to get back to is the habit of taking my iron supplements. Mostly, I feel fine, but I get lightheaded *pretty* often whenever I stand up. For a while I was taking them with my lunch at work, so I packed up all the tablets I had in a pill case and put them in my snack drawer at work. Then the quarantine happened. I’m not going to lie: I didn’t expect it to go on this long, so I didn’t bother to grab anything but my laptop and assorted cables before bugging out back in March… all my poor lonely snacks… left behind… wondering why the Rapture passed them over.

And the supplements, of course.

Normally, I wouldn’t give it much thought: I’d get back to taking them when I got back to taking them- the quality of my life is not noticeably changed in either direction based on my iron intake, but I recently learned that in spite of the fact I got a tattoo last month, I’m still able to donate blood. I thought I was going to have to wait a full year. I guess the Red Cross must be pretty hard up to be loosening the guidelines.

I’m actually pretty excited to learn this. I like donating blood: I’m not sure why. It’s easy. It doesn’t cost me anything. I’m not too squeamish about the mechanics of it and I like to think it does some good for someone in need.

And there are snacks. Because, priorities.

Really, the only obstacle holding me back is the issue of low-blood iron. So, I guess now is the time to get back in the supplement habit again. Couldn’t hurt, might help.

 

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on April 24, 2020.

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