Monday, October 22, 2012
I've been feeling down lately. Stressed. Tired. WORN OUT.
I honestly thought this was a side effect to parenthood. I have wondered on many, many occasions whether I was even cut out to be a mom if this was the way I felt. (No longer feeling that way, btw.) I went to my new doctor the other day and she gave me some suggestions to help me in the day to day and she also ordered some blood tests.
The results are in... I thankfully didn't have diabetes or thyroid issues (two things she tested for) but, did however have low iron and very low vitamin D readings.
She said that a lot of people in the Pacific Northwest have low vitamin D levels. (Go figure... it is raining here most of the time.) I had a score of 11 when average levels begin at 50.
My doctor prescribed a whole slew of vitamins, diet change, and exercise. Hopefully, my new vitamin regime will help with the lethargic feeling I've been experiencing and the anxiety attacks due to feeling overwhelmed. She said said to expect a change in days!
I'm so happy to finally have a reasonable answer that has a reasonable plan to fix the ways I've been feeling. I had a horrible bout of Postpartum Depression around month three of becoming a parent and I was beginning to feel that it was coming back, just a little different.
Funny thing? People tell me all the time that I am getting ridiculous amounts of stuff done. But, I'm just not feeling it right now. I'm hoping to feel like my normal, over-achieving self again soon!
Have you ever been tested for a Vitamin D deficiency? How did it affect you? How did you treat it?