My childhood aspirations didn’t include motherhood.
No, that’s not accurate. My plans included motherhood.
But that was just it. I thought I would do all of these really great things, and tuck my children in there somewhere, like something you check off a to-do list.
Is that such a terrible idea? First-time parents – particularly those career-oriented individuals who’ve waited to start a family – might understand what I mean. Actors bring their children to movie sets. Lawyers spend their lunches at playgrounds. Doctors build offices next to their houses and see their children between patients.
Surely I could manage that, right?
I meant to blog on Friday.
But then I got a phone call – from my oncologist’s office.
Yeah, those usually aren’t too fun. Oncologists are – unfortunately – busy people. No news is good news, they say. And its true. If they’re calling you, then, well, something’s up.
Or down, as the case may be.
This time, there was something down. I blogged on Wednesday about having microcytic anemia (low hemoglobin due to small red blood cells). I’d had a Ferritin level blood test (iron levels) done on Tuesday, to see if the low hemoglobin was due to low iron. If it wasn’t, then we had to consider that I might be sicker than we had thought.
But, it was low. 6, to be precise. Normal is 20-100, so yes, I’m a bit iron-deficient.
Good news, right? Because then I can just take iron supplements to correct the problem.
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