So, I know I have been AWFUL at posting lately and that is definitely my fault.  I have let life really get in the way.  It is so funny because I have so many blog posts actually all ready written out – I just have to edit them and add pictures and stuff to them before I post them.  I just get so tired at the  end of the day a lot of time that I tend to get so lazy.  My own fault.  I am really trying to get better at organizing my day.

I recently was diagnosed with mild anemia which I think is what was making me so tired all the time…so I am now on iron supplements which should help me not feel so lethargic all the time and hopefully will help with my posting frequency and not being so fricken lazy.

I will admit though that taking iron supplements – I don’t know if it is just with me but they are making me constipated (I know too much information).  Usually, I am pretty regular going at least once a day and usually around the same time honestly.  But, since I have been taking iron sometimes I only go once every 2 days…I know every one is different but I didn’t really take too much notice until Peter said something about not having too change me as often and I started paying attention.  Anyone else have any experience with taking iron supplements and problems that came with it?  Also, for those that have been or are anemic – what did you do supplement wise, food wise, etc to help get iron levels back up to normal and get more energy?  Any tricks?

I hope everyone is doing well – SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE! Sorry, I get really excited about summer..

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  1. moostermiley April 13, 2012 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Adrian, good to hear from you. Sorry to hear about your mild anemia … hope you feel better soon 🙂

  2. Dragon-Knight April 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Hey Adrian. Real life before blog life I would say. I know what you mean about being lazy. At times I’ll have to much to do and can’t get any of it done because of no time to do untill you force yourself to do so. Like luandry for example for me as its 3/4ths done for clean vs dirty vs put up. It could be ones self disipline when it comes to house chores when you are one person trying to keep things in order. Of course I’m just speaking for me.

    As much as I want to relax on my vacation time in June from work, I won’t be. Got plans to attend (and no pun intended to Attends) a truck driving school and get a CDL and get a hell of a better paying job than what I work that is a deli clerk and store maintance at a fast food place. Yeah, two jobs and 15 hour days with little sleep is no fun and I’m doing everything I can right now to give myself a fresh sorta speak. In the mean time, I think your fellow readers here look forward to what you got ready to be posted for your very nice continuing blog. Take it easy. Dragon-Knight

  3. Deen April 14, 2012 at 3:05 am - Reply

    My wife has been really tired for quite a while. Dr. even thought it was cancer of the liver and pancreas (her mother died of it). Finally diagnosed as “non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver” caused by advanced diabetes. She is also very anemic so they had her take an iron infusion. It helped but it cost us $1200 for the one treatment and she really needs it again (about once a month). Her count was below 10 and it should be around 100. Another woman where I work has the same thing and also has to get the iron infusion. MKy wife is also supposed to eat iron rich foods but she won’t allow liver in the house, let alone eat it. They did prescribe an iron supplement as she couldn’t tolerate the normal iron supplements. And they also put her on insulin shots. She refuses to go back for another iron infusion due to the cost!!

  4. jay April 14, 2012 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Its really good to see you posting agian, Im REALLY new to your site and the AB/DL comunity in general, so I look in any direction for support, lol, and i guess i have found that in your blog and others.
    anyway i just want to say thank you for showing me and others that were not alone out there. I really hope you feel better soon.
    btw, corn flakes contain ALOT OF IRON, i dont know if that helps but it couldent hurt. good luck and I really hope to see another post soon.

  5. Miakoda April 14, 2012 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Cook your food in cast iron. Some of the itron leeches in to your food. Also makes it taste good. We almost always cook in cast iron skillets.

  6. 3gs April 14, 2012 at 11:10 am - Reply

    Try protein, to help with regularity. If you can get past the taste the powders are great. They are all the same so just do the Walmart stuff. Go with the whey protein as well, it’s more natural.

  7. tinlizziedl April 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Drink plenty of water, eat lots of leafy greens (particularly spinach) and get your hematocrit checked again in a couple of weeks. See if there’s a change. You may be able to stop the suppliment pill.

    The downside to eating right will be more frequent dirty diapers. All the fiber in the veggies will clean you out, which is actually a good thing, as far as a healthy digestive system is concerned.

    PS: don’t peel the veggies! The skin is where most of the nutients are concentrated.

    Best of luck to you!

  8. purpunicorn April 14, 2012 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    The most common side effects associated with Iron supplements ar constipation, dark stools, and nausea. The best way to avoid constipation is drink plent of fluids, eating veggies (fiber), and dividing your iron doses. Instead of taking iron once a day take a smaller amount two to three times a day. Hope that helps! Would love to see some photos soon:)

  9. RockinBaby April 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Hey Adrian sorry to hear about medicine taken. Remember this one thing in all medicine is a little poison so be careful of taking any or a lot over long periods of time.
    Best thing is to do the natural things like eating and juicing veggies au naturael. Cooking sometimes destroys the nutraceuticals our body needs.
    Cooking in cast iron may need to be checked because the iron we need does not necessarily use this form of Iron. It has to be soluable for the body to use it. It may not hurt though Im not sure.
    Love the blog, I would love to get some gear that says I Heart Diapers like tees, running shorts and other gear. Could be a market here?

  10. moostermiley April 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    If the constipation bothers you and it is painful to do #2, take a stool softener. I found out that you can get tears up your butt and they will bleed if you are not careful … yeah I know TMI … but I’m speaking from experience …

  11. Brian April 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I could assume that eating more beef (bison if available) might help. I think beef has a decent amount of iron, and I know bison has more iron than beef does. I don’t have the facts… This is just a suggestion from a carnivore lol.

  12. drifter April 20, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    morning everyone.just read your blog on iron suppliments. as a natural iron source try taking molasses.ounce for ounce just about all iron. spread over toast in the morning is a winning breakfast.cooked in cookies is cool to. in the caribean, the women say, injusting molasses helps with cramping and pms during the monthly visits.just a few opinions from the great white north.

  13. Chardo April 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    Taking a random guess, the iron could be causing a blockage in your intestinal tract. You could try fiber rich foods or Benefiber, and you could talk to your docter about it. I’m no expert but that could be what’s going on.

  14. Sabina April 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Is it possiable to become bed wetter after making yourself wet the bed for a couple weeks?

  15. Sabina April 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    BTW sorry Adrian for your mild anemia 🙁 and hope you get better soon 🙂 !!

  16. Brent April 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Hey hey if you like dark chocolate try the Presidents Choice Extra Dark available at the Real Canadian Superstore…only in Canada Eh!. It has 50% of your recommended daily iron intake in just one serving and it is yummy too!

  17. Paddy April 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Saw the spinach & red meat mentioned, thought I’d add broccoli to the list. If it were me, I’d try to stay away from pill-based solutions & try to fix my diet first. Sauté in a little butter or olive oil, add some salt, and take it off when it gets to the brightest shade of green — takes a little practice to recognize, but worth it. Vary by adding chopped nuts (almost any kind), a sprinkle of brown sugar…I could go on. Opinionated and sometimes long-winded. Good luck!
    P.S. — sometimes it just takes the right post to get a foodie-in-training to delurk. Keep on bloggin’!

  18. Melissa April 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Hi Adrian! Yes, iron supplements are definitely constipating! I had to take them for awhile in my early teens for anemia. No problem today, fortunately. Spinach is great, along with the usual meats….my “secret” to keeping free from constipation and making my tummy happy is Greek yogurt. I eat it every day and have no problems whatsoever. Being on a fairly regular schedule for bowel movements definitely helps with diaper protocol, too!


  19. josh May 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    hey adrian i know you have a DD page do you ever go on the chat?

  20. tinlizziedl June 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    Uhm, Hello? Anyone know if Adrian is coming back to her blog?

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who misses you, girl!

    • Anna June 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      I tottaly agree with you. I miss her it seems like its been years since she has bloged. I hope she gets back on line 🙂 . Do you thinks Adrian is okey mabay she get hurt 🙁 I hope she didnt because that would suck. Adrian please blog we miss you!!! ( I miss you the most I cant even discribe it, I mean you have helped me so much through my life with this DL side of me ) please come back on line I miss you and so does everyone else!!!!

  21. drew June 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    I was wondering the same thing! hopefully she’s okay!

  22. Renee Watson June 7, 2012 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Hi Adrian! Hope you are feeling better soon! I have anemia as need more iron intake and fibers. If you take iron supplements can causes stool coloration (darkness), important to have fruits and vegetables that have irons without taking supplements, and with fibers help me a lot with softer stool with a healthy coloration bowel movements. I also need to control emotional feelings to keep stay focus on things at work and home, also balanced with happiness. Rest plently and drink fluidity to bring more energy everyday. Don’t work too hard on yourself. I had that before for several years of stressful. Adrian, you can come back into the blog whenever you are in a good mood. :-D. Everyone here will be expecting your next blog soon. Take a great care. Live Long and Prosper!

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