Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Doctor update

Well, I finally got the provider directory working--I really am impressed with their customer service, I must admit. So I called a few more doctors on the list. And finally, at 4:30 on Friday, I found one that could see me Monday morning at 8 a.m.! Score! And when I went in, I find that the doctor has actually run a marathon herself and used to serve on the medical team for the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. Double score! I liked the doctor--she was calm and reassuring, reminding me of my old doctor when I was growing up. A welcome change after the Galesburg doctor.

Not a word was said about my hospital records. They ran their own blood test and the doctor said she didn't think I am anemic! My hemoglobin (11.5) is on the low side of normal, but still normal for a very active person. They took more blood to run a complete blood count plus serum iron test, just to be sure. I should get the results soon.

Meanwhile, running is going okay. I ran 12 on Saturday for my first long run after the marathon. It was 85 degrees and I hadn't had enough water to drink, but it wasn't too bad. I had to stop to rest a couple of times in the last four miles or so. At the time I was afraid it was because of anemia, but at this point I'm thinking it very well could have been the heat. I don't know. Other runs have gone well. Today I have a longer "general aerobic" run, so we'll see how that goes too.


Al Durham said...

Glad to hear the good news about the doctor stuff. Perhaps your body simply wanted to rest so it made you pass out? Good luck with your runs.

jen said...

Yay! I'm so glad you got in to see a doctor, and a runner no less! Keep us posted on the results, but sounds like you are fine. :)

Great job on the long run, 12 miles is such a nice distance. Long enough to feel like a long run, but not long enough to put you out of commission. Careful on those hot days though! (Says the girl about to go run 8 miles in 97 degrees) :P

DawnB said...

Miranda, thats great. I'm glad you got that second opinion!! everthing sounds positive.

I do that all the time too long runs with not enough water!!!