Transplant Athlete
Friday, October 05, 2007
  Doesn't 'Anemia' Sound Like A Good Name For A Girl?

I hope I'm not setting a bad example for my kids. I exercise regularly, and they see me pulling them in the trailer, so I think they'll grow up knowing I'm active, but when my Anemia gets bad (like now), I just want to lie down. While they finish their lunch, I lie down, while I wait for them to take their naps, I'm on the couch. I rarely take them outside because I don't feel like chasing them. When ABL gets home and takes over parenting duties, I head for the couch. I wonder which image they'll have of me when they grow up? The dad who goes to the gym and can ride really long distances or the couch potato.

The funny thing about anemia for me is, I can't just take a nap and wake up refreshed.
First of all, sometimes I can't sleep, at all. At night, I may be tossing and turning in bed for 2 to 4 hours or more before falling asleep, then if I wake up it may be hard for me to go back to sleep.
Second, the fatigue doesn't go away. So, I'll wake up just as tired as when I went to sleep.

My main concern is that they'll mimic my behavior and prefer the couch to activity. Whatever lens they see me through, I know they'll love me.

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I hope that the epo fixes help your anemia, I think most likely your kids are going to recall your love of fitness, regardless... but isn't that like years off? when they'd have to recall anything instead of looking over at old-couch-potato-pops??


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