August: Navigating Allergies and New Hobbies

I found out in May that I’m allergic to everything I used to do. I took it hard and took a hiatus from blogging, but I’m back! I am allergic to Balsam of Peru and Colophony, basically trees. I get contact dermatitis from touching them, but my hand is nearly totally healed from not touchingContinue reading “August: Navigating Allergies and New Hobbies”

Health Update: Balsam of Peru and Colophony

I had a patch test Wednesday and today is the last day of the test. Everything is cleared up except balsam of peru. I mostly can’t have sweets and have to be careful about products that are scented. I don’t have to avoid any fabrics. That’s happy! I need to get on that though, allContinue reading “Health Update: Balsam of Peru and Colophony”

Having Thalassemia Minor and Iron Deficiency

SUCKS! I have so many problems keeping my blood up. I am learning to take gentle iron everyday, but sometimes it doesn’t do the job. Having iron-rich blood is super hard. I have to eat red meat sometimes. I have tried all the iron things except Floradix which I hear is the Gold Standard inContinue reading “Having Thalassemia Minor and Iron Deficiency”

Thalassemia Awareness Month on Fit & Literate

I have Thalassemia Minor and while it’s a lighter case of Thalassemia it is not easy. I have to be careful what I do because of it. I can’t go up high, I can’t donate blood, I can’t have too much iron. Though I have Iron Deficiency Anemia on top of it and it’s likeContinue reading “Thalassemia Awareness Month on Fit & Literate”

Sad Poet Saturday: Thalassemia Minor

One thing I’ve wanted to do my entire life was give blood. Burgers before. Spinach before. No good. I hit 30 and weakness sets in. What on Earth is this? I have never been vital. I have never been “peak”. But weakness now? Diagnosis: Beta Thalassemia. My bones are empty. My blood is tiny. IContinue reading “Sad Poet Saturday: Thalassemia Minor”