well, I have been stuffing myself with iron in just about everyway imaginable (supplements, food, drinking vitamin c when eating iron, etc.) and even after that greedy vampire nurse sucked out several vials of blood, I am STILL at 11.9. 11.9 – .1 point from average! Oh, hooray! Plus, the test to see if my body is using the iron was positive (my dr. didn’;t give me the number, just said that it was good)!

Now, the only test left on my current schedule is to see if there are any remaining traces of internal bleeding. If not, then I won’t have to go back to the doctor for a while (at least, it doesn’t sound likely) If yes, well, umm… I’m not going to think about that now. So, keep your fingers crossed!I will still have to figure out what to do with the iron thing, most likely it will mean a supplement for the rest of my life, especially if I want to go back to vegetarian (which is a yes), but hopefully, a low dose one. anyhow, some good news. I was really worried about this test, because if it showed my body wasn’t able to use the iron or that hemoglobin/red blood count had dropped then I would probably be in the doctor’s office ASAP. So, yay! I am almost normal. Well, in one aspect of humanity at least. Maybe I should rename this journal to almost normal. wink

Funny, someone recently told me that her doctor told her she was slightly anemic at a hemoglobin count of 13, which is kind of surprising to me. I was told and most of the published info I have seen, is that the range for women is 12-14, although I have seen some variation on scales (a little over 12 up to 15 as the range).

Heck, 13 sounds ideal to me. wink