(made anon because people I know might realise that I'm using TSR and I don't want people to find me)
I'm 18 years old, female, halfway through my A2s.
I've had various blood tests and my haemoglobin count has come out at 9. Apparently this is abnormally low and most iron-deficient women (who aren't severely ill with anaemia) come out at around 11. I've been put on ferrous sulphate tablets 3 times a day with meals, I'm not allowed tea, coffee or dairy products (including eggs) within 1 hour after taking the tablet or within 2 hours before I take the tablet, because calcium and caffeine inhibit the absorption of iron.
What can I do to my diet to help with my medication and make me more healthy? I know I need to eat a lot of meat, fish and leafy green vegetables, and vitamin C helps with the absorption of iron. But I don't know how to change my diet without making it boring or repetitive.
What sort of breakfast could I have that doesn't include dairy products or eggs? And as I obviously still require calcium in my diet, when could I have it and in what form?
I hate red meat but it looks like I'm going to have to put up with it if I want to fix my stupid hb count so what forms could I eat it in? (liver is NOT an option- it makes me gag. But I can tolerate other stuff.)
I have felt incredibly fatigued this past year and I always oversleep and find it hard to wake up in the morning, and my academic performance has dropped. I was predicted AAAA in my AS and I got AABB, and I've found it very difficult to concentrate at school and revise for my Jan exams in a couple of weeks. Do you think if I notified the exam board they would consider the circumstances or is the anaemia just a silly excuse?
... and the ones that won't