I am typing this up on my phone with one finger. Kind of pathetic, but I need to make an update.
A few weeks ago, I went back to see the cardiologist and he gave me a new medicine to help with my POTS. I started taking it, and I vastly improved in about a week. I felt so good that I was caming again and I was even cooking, cleaning, sewing, and doing all manner of slave-y things. I was so good, in fact, that I was running up and down the stairs for fun. We’re talking serious improvement. I felt the way I did before July. I mean, yes, I still felt my heart pound when changing positions, but, meh, I could live with some POTS symptoms as long as I had my life back.
On Saturday Master decided he was going to take me to the Zoo to see the polar bear, seeing as how it was freezing out and it had recently snowed. I had not done as much walking as the Zoo requires in a long time, but, with my new medicine in hand Master and me figured I would be fine.
And then, of course, I wasn’t. We got home and as I got out of the car I could barely walk. I could barely move my head or sit up. It was not good. I was stumbling so bad that I couldn’t make it to the bathroom without Master gripping my arms tightly and practically carrying me himself.
Master gave me extra salt and fed me a full can of coconut water, 16 ounces of Pedialyte, and 32 ounces of plain water. When that didn’t help we went to the Emergency Room.
After some blood tests the ER determined I was anemic. My hemoglobin was 10.4. I was given a ton of fluids and the doctor told me to take iron supplements and to eat more iron. Great.
Of course, I’m at home now and things are really just getting worse. Master made the futon into a bed and we have been sleeping down here so that I don’t need to go up and down the stairs. I have a hard time moving or sitting up first thing in the morning and I stumble around the house at odd points. Master has me off almost all of my duties and he is having me rest a lot more.
Today Master is getting out of work early and is taking me to my regular doctor to see what can be done. I’m taking iron tablets and we both know it could be a few weeks before those make me feel better but we both think I should not be getting worse.
I already was eating lots of spinach, beans, nuts and seeds before, so Master has been trying to help disguise the taste of red meat for me to make it more appealing. Last night I ate about two tablespoons of red meat he put on a pita bread pizza for me. I know that’s not a lot but I really hate the taste so I will have to work my way up.
So, I’m not dead over here, but I am struggling. Cross your fingers we can figure this out quickly.