I always knew that one day my eating disorder would start wrecking my body. It's been doing so for a while. The dehydration, brittle nails, joint pain and thinning hair can't be ignored. But on Thursday I found out that my iron levels were low. Not only was it low, it was very low.
I've never had problems with iron. Even as a vegetarian, I've always made sure to eat lots of greens and make sure I always ate enough iron. I went to give blood a couple months ago and the nurses were shocked at how good my iron levels were, especially after I told them I was vegetarian.
I guess at one point, no matter how hard you try, if you aren't eating enough, you won't absorb enough minerals. It's inevitable. But somehow I lasted so long without my blood levels dropping. I guess I actually am human.
I have to work on this, and bring my iron levels back up. My doctor said it will help with my constant fatigue as well, which would be lovely, as wanting to sleep all the time makes it very hard to study.