Iron Poor Mother Goose

“Holy Hemoglobin, Batman! Mother Goose has iron deficiency anemia!”

The Dynamic Duo share the sad news about Mother Goose.

Dear reader, do you recall just a few short posts ago when Mother Goose confessed her newly acquired addiction to ice-chewing? And do you recall how she proudly scoffed at the suggestion that she may have iron poor blood? Oh how I pooh poohed that silly notion!

Well, lo and behold, there I was at the blood donation center last week. And lo and behold, the prescreening procedure they performed on Mother Goose revealed that YES indeed I do have low iron in my life blood… Yes, Mother Goose must now eat a large piece of humble pie.

But in all seriousness, this can be a serious condition! Let’s just take a quick look at iron deficiency anemia with Mother Goose. You may discover that you, too, suffer from a hidden case of IDA.

The Symptoms

The first sign of IDA is a general fatigue. Of course, Mother Goose with her terribly hectic schedule has assumed for a long time that being tired is just part of her life. Collapsing on the floor at 8:30 p.m. seems par for my course. Accompanying Fatigue is Occasional Dizziness as well as Weakness. They are all good friends and apparently hang out together. Perhaps you have experienced these symptoms — most mothers do.

But now we get into the really interesting and weird symptoms! Ice-chewing or pica is very common amongst the iron poor blood crowd! I have already received confirmation of that symptom from two other personal sources, and all the medical websites mention it as well. Do you find that you are attracted to ice chewing? It is rather inexplicable and somewhat alarming to consider a connection between ice chewing and an iron deficiency.

My research shows another symptom of IDA is having a sore tongue. The ice chewing may be a comfort to the tender lining of the mouth which is thinned and often dry by the lack of iron rich hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an oxygen-carrying protein in our red blood cells — a very necessary component to a happy and healthy lifestyle. When iron is depleted, less oxygen is transported to the millions of cells in our bodies. Did you realize that your brain cells need oxygen or you will become irritable? I wonder if any of my dear readers have picked up on the irritability of Mother Goose?

Another strange symptom to watch for is hair loss! Yes, Mother Goose has been molting lately — dropping hair as well as feathers these past few weeks. I would say I’ve lost an average of 3,000 hairs each and every day, and then I find them everywhere, including in my teacup, my keyboard, on the floor and on my children’s clothes.

(Please be warned that the following description may be somewhat graphic for some fair readers, but Mother Goose believes it is a necessary part of her story.)

Perhaps the most bizarre symptom of IDA is this: beeturia. Mother Goose only discovered she had this symptom over the weekend. I hungrily and happily consumed four average-sized beets on Friday evening. I parboiled them in water, sliced them and slathered them in butter, salt and pepper. Oh they were so yummy…

The following morning, I happened to glance into the toilet bowl and was alarmed at the color of the urine Mother Goose had left behind! I will only say it was the color of beets… Beeturia is the condition where the body cannot make any sense of the color of beets and quickly disposes of it. It occurs in up to 80% of all IDA sufferers. For once, Mother Goose is telling the truth, and this is a real condition.

Please come back tomorrow when Mother Goose will discuss her battle plan for beating this Iron Deficiency Anemia. I vow to not eat any more beets until this disorder has been resolved…I’m sure I will be watching Batman and Robin “beet up” the bad guys. Mother Goose will probably be munching her crushed ice as aggressively as possible. I will be brushing my thinning hair and feathers.

Be a blessing to somebody today! Love from Mother Goose.


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Eric Winger
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 09:37:41

    Take care of yourself, Mother Goose!


    • Natalie
      Jun 27, 2012 @ 09:47:53

      Dear Eric, thanks for your good wishes and concern. Mother Goose will do the best she can to climb out of this low iron pothole in the road.


  2. Dianna
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 09:47:08

    Oh, so sorry about this, Mother Goose. But, at least you’re aware of it, and can take action to remedy this situation.
    And – for a laugh – my hubby, the ever humorous Motor Man, has a saying: “The iron in my blood has turned to lead in my……(backside)”.
    Take care of yourself!


  3. Bunn
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 09:58:33

    Cheez you certainly have all the symptoms! Love the beeturia! Ewww!! But at the same time COOL!! Lol!
    I’m glad it wasn’t an addiction after all!!
    So your back to chomping?
    Eat that spinach,liver,dates! Yum!!


  4. bodhisattvaintraining
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 02:54:08

    dear Mother Goose, I read the title of your post while lying on a ‘comfy’ chair (ahem) in ER next to daughter hooked up to a drip of blood followed by iron for just this reason…couldn’t bring myself to read the post til now cos we’ve been so freaked out that she got low enough to need that! best wishes..


    • Natalie
      Jun 27, 2012 @ 09:43:49

      Wow, dear bodhisatt, I’m so sorry! I hope your daughter is feeling better by now, and home resting. It seems to be a condition that sets in very slowly, but thankfully there’s good treatment. Another friend mentioned that she had received iron injections. Do take care of yourself and let me know how your daughter is doing also.


  5. jeff noel
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 05:43:42

    Best wishes and prayers for a speedy remedy.


  6. yearstricken
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 08:50:28

    Glad you discovered the problem and can now build up your hemoglobin.


  7. Three Well Beings
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 23:36:49

    I feel a little odd saying i “like” this post, but it was so informative! I’m really sorry to hear that you’re suffering from iron poor blood! It must be fairly common, as I can recall commercials that used to address the condition. But you’ve very sensitively mentioned other health concerns, Natalie, and I would assume for you this could be serious. I know you’re “on it” so I pray that your health will return with added strength soon! oxo Debra


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