After having the 2 units of blood last week and completing the 7 day course of antibiotics for the ulcer, I am feeling a lot better.
I don’t think I’m at my best though and am finding I now have anaemia-induced angina. It is very frustrating to start weeding the garden, or take the children for a bush walk, or go out in a cool wind and have strong chest pain. This afternoon I couldn’t even walk 50 yards on the flat to a footbridge by the Brook Stream without having to stop because my legs went to jelly and my chest hurt.
A visit to the doctor this morning resulted in him explaining that when one is anaemic, the heart has to pump harder to the vital organs and more adrenalin is released to enable this. He has given me a very mild prescription of beta blockers to slow the heart down.
Curiously, I find that if I rest and then continue the activity, the pain goes away. The doctor said that it is the initial ‘acceleration’ that causes the extra load on the heart.
I’m taking liquid iron and foods that will raise my haemoglobin to rebuild the health of my blood supply. It should improve in the next few weeks.