Thank you for your post. I can understand why you may be feeling a bit scared by what your doctor revealed to you. During this next week, in order to help get your iron and hemoglobin levels up; I have a few recommendations for you to consider.
I recommend in addition to your iron supplementation increasing your intake of the following iron rich foods. Foods that contain very high iron levels include beets (which are great for stimulating hemoglobin production), blackstrap molasses, sweet potato, amaranth, lima beans, pinto beans, swiss chard, dulse, mustard greens, dandelion greens, leeks and apricots. Foods that contain moderate to high levels of iron include kale, pumpkin seeds, spinach, broccoli, pumpkin and peas.
Additionally, consumption of high protein foods is critical for bringing up hemoglobin and iron levels. I recommend eggs, wild Alaskan salmon, organic meats, and organic organ meats. Try making your own broth from a whole chicken with all its organs. It’s very nourishing.
Take B Complex daily to increase your hemoglobin level. Also consider taking nettles, which is considered by many to be one of the best herbal remedies to assist with iron-deficiency anemia. This herb promotes the absorption of iron from the gut.
As for driving and doing daily tasks; I recommend checking in with yourself to see how you’re feeling. If you’re feeling dizzy or faint, I recommend not driving, and resting. If you’re feeling ok, you should be fine to participate in moderate daily activities. However, with that said, your body is giving you some important information, and consequently this may be a time to ask for more support from your friends and family, so that you can nourish yourself properly and get well. I believe this would be a good week to start making yourself a priority by delegating many of your daily activities.