It could be anemia, I could have a virus, or I could just be this way, for the next three months.
I went to the doctor today to see if there was some reason, beyond being pregnant with a five year old and a job, that I would be pale, lethargic, tired beyond all reason, and suffering from random dizziness and faintness. I went in primarily because the tired has gotten ridiculous. Waking up in the morning has begun to feel like coming back from the dead, as though I am turning back and walking through the long tunnel away from the white light. I have to lie in bed and gather my conciousness around me until I can open my eyes and get up. Then I wander around all day feeling as though I could go back to sleep if I simply lay down in a quiet room. I don’t have the energy to go to the grocery store, or to make a snack. I am so tired, I just want to sleep.
So after going to work today and being told by my office mates that I am pale and look really worn down, I called the office and made an appointment. I picked Monkey up from school and headed to the office. The listened to me, and said they would test me for anemia and thyroid issues but that ” second pregnancies are often like this, after all, you are pregnant and running around after a child.” I calmly explained that I am not pregnant and running around after a child because I am too damn tired to run around after a child! She then asked me if I am depressed. Sigh.
Well no, beyond the fact that I am so tired I can’t get out of bed, cook food for my family, shop at the grocery store, or help my daughter with her homework without needing an hour long nap afterwards. I am happy about the baby, comfortable with my life, and content in my job. I am not depressed, in fact, I am just too tired to be depressed. I am drained, if my life were a gothic novel I would instantly begin going to bed with garlic around my neck and crosses hung on my bedroom walls.
So what do I do if I am not anemic? If this is just how I am going to feel for the next several months? Furthermore, how do I convince medical practitioners that there is something wrong, that no one should be this tired? I wasn’t this tired in the first trimester, I wasn’t this tired while studying for the bar exam pregnant! Of all the times I should have been dragging ass, studying for the bar in the first trimester of pregnancy should have topped them all!
Any helpful thoughts? I have a job to work, a house to run, and a child to chase. I can’t do this all with no energy whatsoever. Lee is a huge help, but he has to work, so I am on my own from about 8:30 until about 6:30. I could use help coming up with easy meals I can make that she will eat and I can reheat. Recipes that will increase my energy level would help too. If anyone has the contact information for Van Helsing, I may need to slay some bloodsucking vampires to see if that helps.
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I had some anemia when I was pregnant and my doctor had me take a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses three times a day and chase it with a glass of orange juice ( I guess the juice was supposed to help with absorption of the iron.) This with a small iron supplement helped me quite a bit. The molasses is nasty, but you get used to it after a while.
All right, I can certainly give that a try, it might be easier on my life than piles of beans!!
Here’s a recipe I use when uttterly tired.
Put a couple jars of salsa (any spice level) in a dutch oven (or crock pot). Rinse the jars with a small amount of water and add that too. Add around a teaspoon and a half of cinnamon and two of cumin. Toss in 2 handfuls of raisins and about a quarter cup of honey. Don’t worry about exact measurements, since this is a very forgiving meal. Toss on a small pack of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and put in the oven a couple hours at 350. You can even add frozen thighs- just microwave enough to peel off the paper on the bottom. I’ve done this and it turns out fine.
Serve over couscous, with toasted almonds as a garnish.
That sounds really yummy! Thank you very much, I will try that. Lee will be thrilled that I cooked something.
I’m voting on garlic applied in large amounts.
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