Josh and Anemia

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  • Months went by and Josh continued his vegetarian diet.  But he noticed some changes since he had became a vegetarian.  He was very exhausted and simply weak.  Josh no longer felt he could enjoy the things that made him happy.  He decided to visit a doctor.
  • Josh has just finished completely moving in for his stay in New York City for the upcoming school year.  He is coming as a foreign exchange student from Brazil and is excited by the unfamiliar environment.
  • He completely fell in love with the enormous city itself and his apartment but had issues adjusting to the food as it was very different from his diet and to him, unpleasant.
  • He thought that maybe he was misjudging the food and should try the food offered at his new school.  There Josh still wasn't pleased and decided to try a strict vegetarian as he knew all vegetables ad fruits are generally the same everywhere.
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  • Once Josh arrived at the clinic, the doctor listened to his symptoms and concerns and ran multiple tests on him.  She was able to conclude that he had iron deficiency anemia.  It is a condition in which the body is lacking in iron.  She said she concluded this because his labs showed lack of oxygen in his red blood cells and a decreased level of white blood cells.  She said that the blood consists of 55% plasma and 45% formed elements.  These formed elements are made up of platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells.  Platelets are responsible for clotting of the blood.  White blood cells help protect against harmful microbes.  Red blood cells function to transport oxygen.
  • She further explained to him to improve his education on blood.  She said blood was a liquid connective tissue, is made of plasma and formed elements, and that it contains many necessary nutrients.  It's functions include thermoregulation, transportation, fluid regulation, and protection from infections.  She advised him to take iron supplements if he desired to continue his diet and sent him home.
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