I enjoyed working on this project so much and did not want to stop. The process of mediated conventional writing seem easy incorporating pictures and links to explain my story. It made the writing process fun because I am writing a story about me and explaining what I know firsthand. The topic is exciting and something that I am very interested about. I didn’t feel like I lost anything during the writing process. I did not have to be too wordy and didn’t feel like I have to explain every detail because I inserted links and showed images. Visually I hope it looks inviting and colorful to the reader. I hardest part for me was organizing my content, topics and ideas. This type of writing is more interesting to me than the conventional writing. It is interactive and more informative to the reader. For me as a writer, I gained more insight on how to deliver better information using other ways to tell a story.
A month ago, I did that dreaded physical appointment with my doctor. After some urging from my doctor, I went ahead and allowed some lab work to be done. They did a complete blood count test and one of the results said that my Ferritin levels were too low. Mine #s were 4ng/mL. This meant that I was anemic, super anemic! The regular and normal numbers range from 12-150ng/mL for females. This meant that I didn’t have enough iron and prone to be tired all the time. My doctor called me up and wanted me to start an iron fusion where I would be hooked to an iv and given a liquid dose of iron. The news that I am now anemic was surprising to me just because I have always eaten meat and leafy greens. I was never a vegetarian and definitely not a super athlete. The reason I brought this up because this reminds of Tom’s story in our book, “A New Culture of Learning” who had diabetes. He found a community of others going through the same ordeal at a website called Diabetes Daily. It was a valuable resource for him that provided a wealth of information that was even more helpful to him than the pamphlets given to him. I also utilized the internet to find more information about anemia and also to locate an online support group. My doctor is with UW Medicine and they have a great online system that also provided great information too. I can log onto their system and email my doctor, set appointments and review all my lab results. There is also a tab that lists my current condition that I can click on. When I click on Anemia, it pops up a video of what it is, the condition, symptoms and treatment. It’s definitely a great resource for me. I am glad that hospitals and doctors are utilizing technology to help, educate and communicate with their patients better.