As you may (or probably don’t) remember, I had my blood drawn around the end of 2008. And, as you may (or probably don’t) remember, my B-12 came back exceedingly low. I found out about it on New Year’s Eve. Happy New Year to me. If you don’t know where this is coming from you can find out/refresh your memory here. My primary care doctor wanted me to have B-12 injections but I told him I would take the lozenges
There was a bottle of lozenges sitting beside my printer at home and it had been there, neglected, for months. While waiting for an order of fresh ones, I proceeded to take the ones I already had. As a recap, I immediately felt better.
Getting the fresh ones here was a comedy of errors. I’d ordered them on New Year’s Eve and I don’t know if the changing of the year had anything to do with it or not. Somewhere along the way, my order got deleted, ignored, or eaten by a hungry computer. At any rate, I waited and waited and waited for the little bottle to come but it never did. According to the web site, I hadn’t ordered anything on December 31, 2008.
Okay. So I kept munching on the ones I bought long ago. I know a lot of expiration dates are for the benefit of the manufacturers and not the consumer. Several people assured me I wouldn’t die if I took expired B-12.
In the meantime, one of the forum members told about some teeny tiny nuggets of B-12 she’d bought so I went online and found them. I ordered a bottle and proceeded to wait again. Here came a huge box with a teeny tiny package inside volumes of Styrofoam peanuts. As for the contents, I read on the label it contained lactose. It couldn’t even be as much as a drop. Does the fact that I took one every three or four days make me a non-vegan?
I wasn’t fully convinced they were doing me any more good than the ones sitting on the counter for eons. I decided I would order some of the same brand but in a different strength. When it came, it said right on the bottle, “Suitable for Vegetarians/Vegans”. I guess I wouldn’t be quite so anal about it if I weren’t being held accountable by the members of the forum and the readers of my blog.
The doctor had given me an order to have my B-12 level tested again in six weeks. I’d read some instructions to be fasting and others said it wasn’t necessary. To be on the safe side, I didn’t eat last Friday morning.
Since I’m a card-carrying Medicare person now, none of the girls wanted to register me. It can get very involved answering all the questions for someone with Medicare who still has other insurance primary. I took pity on them and registered myself. All one of them had to do was witness my signature on the myriad forms.
It was back to the lab where the tech expertly drew my blood and the vial was shipped off to a reference lab to be tested. It would be Monday before I’d know anything.
After a long weekend of wondering, I got the results from the lab.
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I called the doctor’s office and asked if they had the results. She looked them up, took them to the doctor and then she came back to the phone. She read them to me and said she’d been told to file them. No need for me to see the doctor. I could continue as I’d been doing and my B-12 was more than okay.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.