Anemia has always been a struggle for me. I was diagnosed about 4 years ago, and so much of my life has changed since then. It took forever for me to come to terms with my illness because it always seemed like it was something new each week. The doctors first diagnosed me with a hormonal balance, but that quickly changed to issues with my thyroid. When I was finally told that I was anemic, it felt like something that would change later on. Only, it didn’t. I have been diagnosed as anemic for 2 years now and have come to terms with the illness.
The worst part about being anemic was that I had a lot of days where I just couldn’t get out of bed. I’m not a lazy person, so this was torture. I am used to running around with my kids and doing chores, not sitting on the couch in my PJs. Some days, I would wake up in the morning feeling fine only to have that annoying dizzy feeling come back as soon as I started to vacuum the house. I could see that it was changing my life, yet there wasn’t anything a doctor could do for me at the time, apart from changing my vitamins.
I eventually trained myself to spending a few hours reading on days were I felt lazy. If I felt like I couldn’t get out of bed, that was fine, but I should still do something a little productive. I read a lot about my illness, specifically about how having a healthy diet can affect some of the minor symptoms.
One of the first things I tried was lemon oil. I am a tea drinker, so I just added a few drops to my glass whenever I felt like having a cup. It gave me a little more energy and helped to detoxify my body. I know some people take a couple concentrated drops like medicine, but I wanted it to be more enjoyable. Finding small joys out of things like taking my “medicine” each day helped to lift my spirits.
I’m not suggesting that other anemic people start treating themselves with essential oils. There are different levels of anemia and it can affect you in a number of ways. I think that the anemia symptoms that I had were minor compared to some that I have read about.
I continue to seek regular treatment for my anemia as well. My struggle has taught me a lot of things, and I feel that with good research, many illnesses can become easier to handle at home.