Ryan shows us when he is in pain or discomfort. It’s quite easy for us to identify this. He makes a distinct twisting motion with his entire body, usually with a moan. The good news is, we don’t see this often. Still, if he gets something as simple as a hemorrhoid he’ll let us know something’s up. It’s then up to us to find it.
This is fortunate that he has the capacity to do this. This is a good sign of his recovery.
But, his ability to show us something’s wrong is not enough. As part of his wellness protocol I have a full set of blood labs run routinely every three months. These cover everything, going well beyond the typical blood work that you or I would get at our annual physical exam.
Last week Ryan had blood drawn. It’s always quite unnerving waiting for them. The results were posted online yesterday by his doctor and I went to view them immediately. I am happy to report that, based on these blood lab results, Ryan is generally healthy.His iron was a tad low and we’ll need to stay on top of this until we can get it back up. Unfortunately, sometimes this requires a blood transfusion but we are probably not close to that remedy yet. Here’s the challenge though… Ryan gets plenty of iron in his diet so it leads me to believe he is not absorbing it efficiently.
So, it’s back to the ole’ drawing board to figure this one out. It’s different than how we might handle it. For us, we could just eat a heaping’ helping’ of liver and be well on our way to resupplying our iron reserves. It’s not that easy for Ryan. I’ll re-evaluate all other medicines and supplements he takes to see if any interfere. I’ll research if there are (any other) supplements that help its absorption. A good example of what I mean here is calcium is much better absorbed when taken with vitamin D.
Fortunately, this is not a huge problem. His appearance looks normal (skin is nicely pink… not pale), so we’re on top of this early. I just don’t want him feeling sluggish. His alertness is critical to recovery.