Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Trying to Rest Up

Trying to get some rest when you have 5 very active kiddos can be hard.

I had a very painful (and ugly) varicose vein in my left leg. It showed up when I was pregnant with Kate. She seemed to be blocking off my circulation during the later months of my pregnancy. The vein only got worse as I had 3 more children after her.

I decided that it was time to do something about it, so I went and saw a vein specialist and had it fixed.

Yesterday, I had a laser treatment done on a portion of the problem area - that is where they stick a catheter up your vein and then turn the laser on it - essentially burning out the vein.

Then I had an ambulatory phlebectomy on the other part. The doctor made a lot of little holes in my leg and pulled the vein out. Ick. He asked if I wanted to see what he was pulling out, but I passed. I kind of wish I would have looked now. :)

I'm not really in very much pain. It's just uncomfortable. My leg is all wrapped up in an ace bandage and then I have compression hose on over that. I have to make sure that I walk, walk, walk so that I don't get a blood clot and I can't lift more than 30 pounds this week. Tori weighs more than that, so it's going to be a challenge. Luckily, I have Ellie around to help out with her.

Tonight I get to take the bandage off. I'm anxious to see what my leg looks like under there. It's going to be VERY bruised and I have 22 little holes with bandage strips on them. It isn't going to be pretty. Hopefully it will heal quickly though and then I'll feel better than ever!

Now if I can just take it easy this week and next. Of course I've been ferrying the kids around today and we're supposed to go bowling tonight. Looks like I'll be watching. :)


Christina said...

This is the problem I had with babies. Most of my friends complain of sciatica during and after pregnancy and I can't relate to that. But vericose veins and spider veins? I suffered. I have one vericose vein I might some day do something about and there are patches of spider veins on my legs. They look a little like bruises from a distance but up close they'resquiggly patches of capillary veins. Yuck. And only I can see them. Was the procedure painful? How long is the healing time, just a week? I shudder at the idea of having a vein pulled out...

Deb said...

I don't understand how that works. What happens to all the blood that used to flow thru that vein? Do they re-route it or something? Twenty-Two holes sounds pretty grisly, dude.