Another Procedure Tomorrow

United States
August 28, 2017 9:46pm CST
Well, tomorrow is the big day. I'm finally having the ablation done on the veins in my right leg, which will close down the bad veins which have been causing me grief. Hopefully that will make the pain and swelling go away and I can stop worrying I've got a blood clot. Assuming the procedure itself doesn't cause me to develop a blood clot, as that is apparently a risk! I will have to keep my leg wrapped for 72 hours afterwards, which means no showering for three days. Which makes me itch just thinking about it, especially in the midst of this awful heatwave we're having (the fourth one this summer.) We're supposed to have high temps of 109 this week. Yuck. I'll also be restricted from heavy lifting or exercising for two weeks, no traveling or car rides that last longer than two hours, and no prolonged sitting or standing for two weeks after the procedure to prevent blood clots from forming. Which means that every half an hour I have to get up and walk around. I am not used to doing that so we will see how it goes. I will probably have to set my alarm to remind me. I may wind up breaking my phone as nothing irritates me like the sound of the alarm going off. I will also have to wear compression stockings for a month or two after the procedure. I thought the whole point of having the procedure was so I could stop wearing those things. Sigh. Then, I will have to go through all of it all over again whenever they decide to do my left leg. Fun times! I hope the procedure is not too painful. They make it out like it's not supposed to hurt but they are inserting a catheter into the veins and burning them so they collapse shut. Blood flow is redirected to other nearby veins and eventually the closed veins just become fibrous tissue. It's supposed to be a fairly safe procedure but it still makes me nervous. At least the specialist who is performing it has won awards for his work in the field, so I assume he knows what he's doing! Anyway, wish me luck. My sister is coming over to stay with me tomorrow so I won't be alone while my boyfriend is at work. Maybe that's silly but I just don't like being alone after having any type of surgical procedure done. And I guess this technically classifies as surgery. It's just an outpatient procedure that they do in their office and they use local anesthesia for it. I will let you all know how everything goes tomorrow. Hopefully the next two weeks pass by quickly, as I am NOT looking forward to this walking around every half hour nonsense.
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@Courtlynn (54330)
• United States
29 Aug
Sorry you have to go through the stuff now, to need this "surgery" in the first place. And I hope all goes well.! I put a song as my alarm so least its les annoying to hear.
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• United States
29 Aug
Thanks. Unfortunately I inherited this condition from my mom's side of the family, she has it really bad and now has complications from it and I don't want to wind up like her later on down the line, with ulcers and whatnot. She really suffers and I don't know why her doctor won't send her to a vein specialist to have this procedure done herself. And good idea, I may have to try that.
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@Courtlynn (54330)
• United States
29 Aug
@Srbageldog oh no! Maybe they think itll be bad for her, at her age? Since you menyiones bloodclots are a risk with it? And shes older so maybe afraid she wont get up and around much to avoid getting them after or something? Idk
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• United States
29 Aug
@Courtlynn I honestly don't know. I worry about her getting blood clots now since she can't move and has to keep her legs elevated when she gets an ulcer. She also has diabetes and some of the complications are due to that...which is another thing I am trying to prevent myself from getting. So many health problems run in my mom's family, some of which are just inherited, but some can be prevented if you watch your health...so I'm trying my best to do that.
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@LadyDuck (125944)
• Switzerland
29 Aug
I suppose it is today, I wish you luck and I hope everything will be fine and you can get well soon.
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• United States
30 Aug
Thank you. I survived the procedure and have to return tomorrow for an ultrasound to make sure everything looks alright. The recovery instructions sure are a pain. I don't like walking around every half hour and have no idea how I'm going to survive the next few weeks.
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@LadyDuck (125944)
• Switzerland
30 Aug
@Srbageldog I am glad the surgery is over and went well. Now good luck for the recovery.
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• United States
30 Aug
@LadyDuck Thank you.
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@AngelesF (252)
• Spain
29 Aug
Good luck, and hope everything's ok! Let us know!
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• United States
30 Aug
Everything seems to have gone well, I will know more tomorrow after I have another ultrasound to check to make sure everything looks alright.
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@AngelesF (252)
• Spain
30 Aug
@Srbageldog , good to know! Now be patient! Best!!
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@mandala100 (25680)
• Hong Kong
29 Aug
@Srbageldog Good luck to you tommorow and my thoughts and prayer for you my friend.
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• United States
29 Aug
Thank you, much appreciated. :)
@mandala100 (25680)
• Hong Kong
29 Aug
@Srbageldog You are always welcome my friend.
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@kepweng (6900)
29 Aug
im praying for your succesful procedure
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• United States
30 Aug
Thank you. :)
@andriaperry (35619)
• Anniston, Alabama
29 Aug
I wish you good luck and I am sure you`ll be fine. Talk to you tomorrow after its over.
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• United States
29 Aug
Thank you. You can be sure I'll be on here tomorrow evening. :)
@jstory07 (59606)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Aug
ICK all of that sounds really painful. I hope you will not be in to much pain.
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• United States
29 Aug
Thank you, hopefully they are telling the truth about it not being painful. It's the post-procedure I'm worried most about, as the packet they gave me said some pain and swelling is normal but I need to keep my eye out for non-normal things, like signs of infection or a blood clot. :/
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