A super sweet and beautiful woman sat in my styling chair yesterday and mentioned how glad she is that I’m blogging again.
I told her that sometimes I don’t think there’s much to write about, but if I just make myself sit in front of my laptop, I’ll find out what’s inside.
Did you know that I’ve consulted with a physician who is recommending varicose vein removal in my right leg? I know. Ya’ll think I’m so cute. You know someone who used to have varicose veins, but she was a hundred years old and mine probably aren’t as bad as hers.
Well, I didn’t want to have to go and do this, but I think a traumatizing picture is in order here. This was my leg when I was pregnant with Shepherd, and it’s only mildly better than that today:
Groin to ankle, my friends, groin to ankle! Honestly, I’m not bothered by the repulsive sight as much as I’m affected by the excruciating pain… once a month… if you get my drift. Before experiencing them myself, heavens to Betsy, I had no idea varicose veins were worse than ugly! And, as it turns out, it’s not on my mom or dad’s side, so I’m just extra special this way. To be clear, this hasn’t stopped me from wearing shorts and skirts in the summer! The way I see it, my legs just make everyone else feel better about their own legs. It’s really a public service when I wear them out in public, a free esteem boost.
It’s not a secret that I’m incredibly hands off when it comes to health and wellness (like, “Don’t touch me with that stuff, leave me alone, I know what I’m doing.”). Through Dr. Betsy’s naturopathic care, we have succeeded in minimizing the pain to a degree. (In fact, the above photo is the “Before and After” comparison of the difference whole food supplementation made during that pregnancy.) But the damage is done, these babies are never going back to normal. While there’s no date set yet, I’m pretty excited to know that relief is on the horizon!
Did I ruin your breakfast?
I had these since I was a teen. Then, 20 years of standing behind a counter did me no favors and they got worse (exactly as pictured, heel to groin) . I waited until 2 things happened: RF ablation is now a thing and far preferable to old-timely vein stripping, and 2) it became medically necessary, that is, covered by insurance. In the end, they always come back. But, do it if only for this one reason: Varicose veins put you at a high risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If you are ever a candidate for surgery requiring general anesthesia, dvt is a considered risk factor.
On the plus side, hooray for making other people like their legs more. I’ve been out there doing that in shorts for years. Love your legs, people! They’re your best supporters 😉 . Life pro tips: inversion therapy, support stockings, walking, watch your salt intake.
I’m so glad we get each other! You (and your mom) are a wealth of information!
DVT is helped by one injection of Lovenox prior to taking any airline flight. You should also speak with your doctor about your varicose veins prior to a needed surgery. They will tell you about necessary precautions and have a protocol for you to follow. Sorry for your pain.
Nothing about you would make me cringe. ❤
I’ll keep trying. 😉