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For anyone that has, or is starting a business from the ground up, can tell you it takes a lot of hard work, determination and stamina to succeed. Which is why today I decided to open up and talk to you about something I have lived with for a long time. I have a B12 and iron deficiency. Before I was FINALLY diagnosed, there were so many days where I could barely find the energy to move out of bed. It seemed like a never ending battle of wits with my own brain and body to function normally! I have learned not only to deal with it, but to live somewhat successfully with it, while creating, maintaining and just plain living life.
Let's start off with a little bit of facts shall we!? Some facts about Vitamin B12 and iron deficiencies.
The symptoms tend to be very similar between the two of them, leaving diagnosis up to blood tests. B12 deficiency symptoms are things such as changes in personality/depression, irritability, abnormal sensations ( it's quite common to have my limbs start to tingle and feel numb ), psychosis, changes in reflex, decreased taste, poor muscle function, reduced heart functions, and decreased fertility. Some symptoms of an iron deficiency are as follows: fatigue, dizziness, pallor ( abnormally pale skin ), hair loss, twitching, irritability, weakness, pica (Persistent craving and compulsive eating of nonfood substances ), brittle or grooved nails, and restless leg syndrome. As you can see, there are several symptoms of these deficiencies that can be pretty dangerous. For example, for me personally, I am and have always been very prone to dizziness and fainting, losing the feeling in my legs and arms can be very common at times as well. The Causes for these deficiencies can be so small. The main cause I have found is purely diet, medicinal, and heredity. thankfully 2 of those 3 can be fixed. Having an iron and B12 deficiency can be even more dangerous for a child than an adult. If it's not caught in time it can lead to anemia. As far as I know these blood tests are not common practices for kids, and these symptoms are so common for so many other illnesses.
I think though even after years of stubbornness, and not wanting to take vitamins every day or the simple and plain "I forgot, OH WELL" mentality, I am coping pretty well with my deficiencies, I think. I take a multivitamin, a B12 supplement , and an iron supplement everyday. What happens if I forget to take my vitamins for a day or two!? You can count on pretty much zero productivity from me. I can't concentrate my depression kicks in pretty hard core, I also tend to sleep a lot more than usual. It will usually take something like my husband reminding me, to get me back on track.
Sometimes the simplest things can be the hardest battles to fight. Are you fighting any battles!? Let me know in the comments below. Also I'd love to hear from you if you have any tips or recommendations for helping with B12 and Iron deficiencies as well.
Do you ever feel like your fighting an uphill battle that never stops!? I'm not one for complaining (at least not in public) but there are so many times that I just feel completely drained. I've tried everything I can think of, and nothing works. So I reach out for help....and ...crickets. Crickets seem to be my theme song for so long now.
I'm strong, I'm determined. ..I'm failing. No not FAILING....wrong word. I'm flailing! It's like drowning, only I'm falling through the air with no parachute, and no one to catch me. Over and over again I've smashed my head off the cement. I've done this so many times in my life, it's unbelievable, and every time...I somehow just get right back up and going again.
Don't take this the wrong way. This is not a pitty party at all ( I learned long ago those are useless and don't work). This is me flailing once again, and for the first time, letting everyone know it! I've always been incredibly blessed that I have always at least had a roof over my head. There have been times in my past where I've had no food, or not enough food etc.., but I have always had a roof over my head. Wherever I go. That right there is a straw. A straw I've been able to keep solid for my entire adult life. I'm not grasping at anymore straws though, not yet. They don't exist. Those straws haven't been created yet. The other straws didn't work and so they got thrown out.
Flailing and straws...thats my metaphors for life lately. I don't think there has ever been anything I haven't had to struggle with. I struggled in school, to make friends (still do), keep jobs, keep homes, food on the table, sanity ( thats a BIG one right there). I can't recall a single thing I have not had to struggle or work hard to get...I used to hate that fact. I used to look at ppl that seemed to have it SO easy and hate them for it. NOW...I wouldn't trade it for the world. I hate the struggle. I don't hate how hard I work. The successful end result is always worth it! Every day seems like such a blessing when you can look through the cloud of smoke and hear the birds chirping and start to see the beautiful blue skies.
I have so many blessings in my life ( no I am not a religious person, but I do believe... In a lot of things )
So here's to you... my kind reader friend. I'll tell you my blessings if you tell me yours!
My husband: for his constant caring and attention. For his straightforward and never waning love for me. Even when (in the aftermath) I feel I don't deserve it.
A roof over my our head: I've already said this, but I will say it again. We are so fortunate for this.
Our furbabies (Bello & Harley): They mean the world to us and have such incredible backstories and struggles of there own, but there unconditional love means the world to me.
I know this not really a normal post for A Bit Retro's World, but it's something I felt compelled to write.