Hey everyone. How are you?
I hope you are well.
As you have noticed, i've been gone offline for a while now, due to my schedule of training and band rehearsals and all. I did some medical tests that were required from the firefighters department. My heart is fine, my mental health is A ok. My blood pressure's alright but my blood... not so.
Now, before you get worried, no it's not severe. I am prerfectly healthy.
What i have is a inherited blood disorder (thanks dad) which is called Beta Thalassemia, which is common in the Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Italy, but it is found also in the Middle East, Africa and Southern Asia. So.. I am anemic, hence the reason why i am sooo damn pale. It's actually a mutation of a gene that exists in my red blood cells and they don't carry as much oxyzen through out my body as they should and these cells are very easy to be destroyed. This happened to me when i started the gym. I didn't feel fatigued or anything else but the blood test results showed i had jaundice because of the intensity of the workout. Plus my hematocrit lvls are lower even from the lowest acceptable lvl. That means no donating my blood.
Having this mutation, means i am the carrier of the severe form of Thalassemia or Mediterranean Anemia as we know it here in Greece. It's very important for future parents to do a blood test before they dicide to have a child because if the child inherits the affected gene from both parents, then the child will have serious health problems. It's treatable but not curable. Heck, the doctors say that it's better not to have a child at all if both future parents have this disorder.
I belong to the Thalassemia minor group, so it's not affecting my health in such severity as other groups. Although i need to be more careful with my diet and i'm required to take folic acid pills, probably for the rest of my life and reduce the intensity of my workouts. I must do blood tests more often to measure my hematocrit lvls. Thank goodness i have no fear of needles.
So that's what i found out the last couple of days. I learned that i have to do check ups more often rather leaving that for years. I'm stuborn as an mule in that part.
Take care guys. Cheers