Iron Mann (or not, as the case may be)

Temple NewsamIn the immortal words of VIctor Meldrew: “I don’t belieeeeeeeeve it!”.  First, I got diagnosed with hypothyroidism (don’t ask), then paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (trust me to get an unpronounceable heart disease), then hypertension (don’t know where that came from), in February of this year I ended up with a chest infection and now, wait for it… I’ve got flipin iron deficiency anaemia!

No wonder I’m not getting any faster despite the training and I’m jolly glad I smelt a rat and went to the doctors!  So, I’m on industrial strength iron tablets (presumably made in Scotland from girders) and have  the prospect of them sticking things up various parts of my anatomy to try and find out the root cause.  Great!

But I’m thankful for the good news: firstly I’m not going mad and I haven’t messed up my training despite all the experience I have and secondly, my GP says that a few weeks of these pills and I’ll be right as rain as far as red blood cell count is concerned and hopefully as far as running’s concerned as well!  At 55 (or nearly) WITH my current low blood count, I can still get round the famously challenging Temple Newsam parkrun in just under 27 minutes so I’m thankful for that.

So ever optimistic I say watch out, Marathon Mann may be back soon!

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬

Author: MarathonMannUK

Deacon at Rothwell Baptist Church, Retired IT Solutions Architect, Distance Runner with Rothwell Harriers. Expect blogs on all of these themes!

2 thoughts on “Iron Mann (or not, as the case may be)”

  1. Hope you are ok, I have been through the anaemia and tests in those unspeakable places then iron tablets. My levels are now within normal range after about 6 weeks of tablets. Cause still not known. Health is always a conundrum!


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