I'm going in tomorrow for my first visit since the Fainting Incident. I've drunk a lot of water yesterday and today and I'm planning on having a huge and leisurely breakfast tomorrow.
Plus, to be extra extra safe, they're putting me in a hospital bed surrounded by actual sick people, and hooking me up to an IV. Cheers, NIH.
I've been feeling up and down since my last visit. Normally, I'd assume everything was getting better, but there was that weird thing that happened the last time I went more than two weeks without a phlebotomy--my iron actually went up. Whether this was a fluke, a normal fluctuation of iron levels in the blood, or the iron coming out of its secret little hiding places in the body, I have no idea, and the NIH isn't telling. I'm worried that the up-and-down tiredness that I've felt the past two months is due to fluctuating--and perhaps increasing--levels of iron in my blood.
I've felt Alice-in-Wonderlandy (as in weird sensations) and inexplicably tired, and I keep thinking back to Bilbo's feeling "stretched" from the Ring. Specifically, I've felt exhausted all day, tired behind my eyes, and I've had an almost daily sore throat for the past three years that my endrocrinologist swears has nothing to do with my thyroid. I've been keeping a running Zombie-meter in my head--as in: How do I feel today? Just bitten, or brains, brains, BRAINS!! ?
It's gotten better in the past week or so, though, so I'm hoping that things tomorrow turn out fine. Though that does make me wonder--if it turns out there's nothing physically wrong with me, is it really all in my head?