Working mother must remember to take  her iron supplement


Pheew... What a week. I have definitely felt better and looked more appealing before, this face of mine, pale as  baby powder gazes at me from the mirror, my eyes giving me a way with a slightly yellow tint in the white. It happened so suddenly, that I could not see it coming, the drop in the iron, Isen levels.

Now  I must pay back the consequences of my little neglect in taking care of my own health. Happens so easily, when we have children, first the children  are sick and the parents. It does not matter, how much I sleep, I still feel fatigue and believe me, 12 shows a week is laborious. Pregnancy and postpartum are definitely the most strenuous experiences a woman goes through body-wisely, and while I have persevered with my training and performing, my  body has simply used up its iron storages. After all, one can only eat red meat as much, and we got no say in the canteen here.

So if you feel suddenly tired and unwell for no apparent reason, you might be low in red-cell supplies.  It is quite common condition in  young women, especially in the athletic field. 

Once I realized what my problem was, I run to the local pharmacy. I explained my problem to the pharmacists, and she replied to me in a stern manner:

"You are not allowed to take iron supplement without doctors consent."

I became so stunned at her rudeness, that I just batted my yellowish eyes in incredulity, screening options of my next step. Should I find a doctor to get vitamins?  Really? Should I call my mother to send me iron supplements from Finland? And then I thought, that everybody can order all kinds of drugs online,  and this should not be that hard.

Persistent by nature as I am, I decided to seek a second opinion and marched to the next apotheke on Zeil, held by Arabian immigrants. And there they were, my saviour orange and brown pills, Isen, just waiting for the clerk to hand them over to me with a broad smile. I returned her friendliness with beaming smile, relieved and light-hearted. 

Now I have to build the iron sources again, little by little, swallowing capsules, and I let the feel the energy floating back into my vains, if not tomorrow, but in the next couple of months or so. Hopefully, a change in environment after 12 days will work its marvels too.

© Circus Princess 2014