Proof of Life – Bloody Iron

Hello All!  This is kind of a proof-of-life post, as I have been extremely busy lately and have fallen in a blogging slump of sorts as I scramble around with work deadlines and important lifestyle changes.

Some brief notes:

  1. Oakenwife was searching for a job after leaving her position of about 3-4 years or so.  It was just time for her to move on, and swing for the fences with her career.  It seems as though she might have succeeded in that after just over a month of searching.  I’m not going to go into details as a contract has not been signed yet.  At any rate, CONGRATULATIONS OAKENBABE.
  2. Work’s been heating up with the weather.  It seems that all my clients were waiting for the snow to melt and now I’m chewing through a 6+ week backlog (it should probably never be more than 2-4 weeks.)  Soooo….. Yeah.
  3. I’ve been enjoying weekends of chilling with the families, golf tournaments and the like… Any time I can get outside, I do.  It’s been gorgeous around here lately and I want to take full advantage.
  4. My glasses were destroyed last week.  This might not seem like much, because I’ve only got a slight corrective prescription, but it’s different in each eye, and as both eyes fought for control of my brain it resulted in some pretty severe headaches over the past week.  It wasn’t uncommon for me to get home from work, turn all the lights off, and hide in the dark until the pain went away.  They’ve been replaced as of Monday evening, with a sharper prescription and so I’m back to loving life again.  😀
  5. About a month ago, I started experiencing some chest pains.  The chest pains worked out to be not-that-big a deal (work stress or musculo-skeletal), but given my mother died at 53 years of age with a torn Aorta, and heart disease runs in the family, I wasn’t about to mess around with this one.  A quick ECG and blood pressure test revealed that my heart was operating normally, but blood work brought back some interesting results, considering I’m only 28.  Haemochromatosis runs in my family, and my iron levels read well above normal.  So now I’m waiting on some genetic test results to see if I have the indicators that mean I have this disorder.
    • Treatment isn’t that big a deal if it turns out I have it.  A course of leeches is perfectly legit.  Given we don’t live in the dark ages however I’ll just walk into a blood bank, cough up a pint or two, they’ll pitch it over their shoulder (they can’t use iron contaminated blood for those in need, as I understand it), and I’ll walk away with some free fruit punch and much less Iron in my blood, as well as a lot less blood.
    • If left untreated it could present a plethora of issues including diabetes, heart, liver or kidney failure, extreme fatigue (as if I need any more help getting tired, ugh.  *pours another coffee*)  and increased risk of gout.  Yeah, this isn’t going to be left untreated.  Bring on the Blood Letters.
Mr. Oak, Dr. Khorne will see you now....  "What's this?  You have have blood for the blood god????"
Mr. Oak, Dr. Khorne will see you now…. “What’s this? You have have blood for the blood god????”

All of the above is not to say that I haven’t been hobbying lately, I’ve just had a lot less time for it.  I got in a few games with my Tyranids against the new Space Marine codex (so much Grav….) and against an Ork Green Tide.  Both were tightly contested games but I wound up being tabled by the time the game ended, as it typically goes with my Bugs.  If I have time this week I might post a batrep or two, but I’m not holding my breath just now.  More content to follow hopefully.

Great gork & mork that's a lot of boyz
Great gork & mork that’s a lot of boyz

Until next time, cheers guys.

4 Replies to “Proof of Life – Bloody Iron”

  1. Oh man that sucks about the haemachromatosis 😦 Though it’s one of the few conditions where venepuncture helps. Re: Blood transfusions can put people at risk of iron overload- but in cases were transfusion is needed, it’s the least of their worries.

    Pass on congrats to the Oakenwife too, hope she enjoys the new job 😀

    1. Yeah — I’m just glad they didn’t find it when I was in my 40’s like they did my dad. Easy enough to manage though 😀

      I did pass along your congratulations, and she’s thrilled there’s someone in the land of Oz rootin’ for her. (The internet makes the world a very small place sometimes).

      Loved your video of New Vegas playing btw. well done.

  2. Congrats on the jobs! (for the wifes). I just went through a similar process with my sig other and her crappy job turning into a much better one. I know that pain and suffering!

    Ouch, iron overload. I do know us men have to watch our iron intake (its why ladies vitamins have iron and mens vitamins don’t). Can it mostly be controlled via diet?

    1. As I understand it, some people have a hereditary (genetic) disposition to absorb more iron than others, so adjusting my diet would certainly help but it wouldn’t be the whole answer. I’ve noticed over the years I gravitate towards white meats more than red, perhaps this is my body’s way of shouting at me.

      Ladies need the additional iron because they bleed naturally every month, reducing the concentration of iron on a regular basis. Men, not so much (unless they have shark taming as a vocation, or like to live dangerously without PPE at the international open razor emporium).

      That’s why women with this disorder don’t normally show signs until after menopause.

      If it’s genetic, there’s not much you can do except for regular phlebotomies. If it’s dietary, you watch your diet very carefully.

      I have a feeling it’s the former in my case however, given 4 family members going back from my grandfather’s generation have it, as well as my dad’s brothers and sisters.

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