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My leg is full of holes… (Part 2)

17 June 2011

and I’m very happy about it. I’ve cut this in to two parts for brevity. Click here for the rest of the story.

Finally, what happened today:

I went in for the first of four procedures today. It hurt, but not a lot. Somewhere worse than a toothache, but not as bad as a root canal. I wouldn’t repeat it if I could avoid it, but eh, we gotta fix what we gotta fix. I’m up and out, walking on the damaged foot. That’s required, by the way. Walking avoids blood clots. It stings a little, but not much, and my gait is back to normal. I can’t wear my boots over the bandages, but I get to take those off tomorrow. Then it’s on to compression stockings.

I have to do this again, once every Wednesday and Friday until the end of the month. After that, I’m in the clear. Also, today was the biggest/worst of the lot.

My leg is full of holes… (Part 1)

17 June 2011

and I’m very happy about it.

So I’ve been failing at keeping everyone up to date on what’s going on with me. Lots of small references to my legs/feet, doctor visits, and surgery. I figure it’s high time I filled everyone in on what exactly is going on.

First, what’s wrong:
I have a vascular disease known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency. I’ve known about the basic shape of this problem for about 10 years: Vein troubles, inherited from my dad, bad circulation, causes varicose veins and ulcers (foot injuries, not stomach discomfort).

Second, what happened:
Last week, one of the damaged veins in my leg decided it was time to give up and just let nature take it’s course. The longstanding discoloration in my foot went ulcerous. In other words, the bruise I’ve had for years turned into a very big scrape. I stalled on going to a doctor. It’s broken before and healed, so I was under-motivated.

After a few days of it getting a lot worse instead of better, I realized it was time to bite the bullet and get this looked at. I called my Father, who has what I deduced was the same condition I have. He pointed me at some specialists who know how to fix this sort of thing.

They took a look, and to no one’s surprise, confirmed that I have a nasty condition that I’ve ignored for too long. They scheduled me for surgery ASAP. The surgery is minor. Ambulatory surgery with local anesthetic, but they wanted it done as soon as they could.

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9 June 2011