Jun 30, 2020

Not so fun stuff

The rain continues and the weather forecast seems to change a few times per day.  It seems that we have one nice day and then five or so wet days.

Yesterday was vein day.

I have been receiving sclerotherapy mostly for spider veins and a few varicose veins every April since 2009.  The sclerotherapy solution is injected directly into the veins and causes the veins to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins.  I took April 2019 off as we were going to be in Europe for six weeks and I could not fly after the treatments for several weeks.  We all know that April of 2020 resulted in most things remaining shut down including my clinic. My right leg looked pretty bad as it had been just over two years since I received treatment. I guess I should have done a before photo. Yesterday was the first day that I could get an appointment.  The clinic use to book a year in advance and the idea was to go in three weeks in a row, ie Monday for the right leg and Tuesday for the left leg, week after week. That also meant that I was wearing thigh high thick compression stockings for a full month which is why I always scheduled my treatments in April, after Mexico and before the summer heat. Covid has changed that.  You can only make one appointment at a time and so yesterday after my initial treatment, I was able to book my left leg for August 18th, the next open date.  Plus they are only booking over a two month period. I was told that September, October, etc were fully booked by patients who had appointments booked last year.  So what about me who booked a year in advance for this past April?  Not a fun situation.  Nothing I can do but take it as it comes.  On the plus side I only have to wear a stocking on one leg for seven days 😎  I almost forgot to mention, the doctor herself no longer does the treatment.  She has trained a few RN’s to do the injections and she comes and checks at the end. I was rather apprehensive and looked like a pin cushion but perhaps I received a more intense treatment.

Very rigid rules in that you can only enter at your exact appointment time, must wear a mask and use their sanitizer. I also had to prepay a month ago when they called to set up my time in order to limit the time in the office. Colin was not allowed to come in.  He has been with me for every appointment since 2009 holding my hand during the multiple injections. They can be painful at times. I called about thirty minutes before we arrived and asked yet again to have him allowed in based on my anxiety about having not having the actual doctor doing the injections. It worked. The RN was very good although I did cry out several times but I feel that I received a good treatment. I spent the rest of the day with my legs up in the recliner relaxing and reading and enjoying my favourite beverage. I had to leave the stocking  on overnight for the first night and ideally not take it off until I have a shower the next day. It was difficult sleeping last evening with it on. Fortunately I can take it off tonight.

While sitting there yesterday about 6PM,  I looked up and saw what appeared to be a Japanese couple out on the lake in a blow up raft.  Obviously they are visiting here in the park and using their own raft.  They had no control of the direction they were ‘trying’ to paddle in and were quickly being driven by the wind and waves.

As they were being pushed to the edge of the wind I asked Colin to call security. Sure enough, a Japanese couple had asked about going out on the lake the day prior.

There was a storm brewing.  Can you see them on the right, a small dot on the water ( about an inch to the left of the shed roof )?  It appears that they did manage to land on someones beach down there.  I’m sure that was more of an adventure than they expected.

Data for June 24th.






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8 Responses to “Not so fun stuff”

  1. Judith says:

    Don’t know anything about that leg treatment business, but glad you lived over it. Ouch. Meanwhile, yes indeed. Be glad you live in Canada. Today in Texas we had almost 7,000 new cases.

    • contessa says:

      Thanks. We are reading the news daily and rather concerned over the increased cases in the US. I have another friend how lives in Texas and I am concerned for her elderly mother. Please stay safe.

  2. Have you considered using Garlic Supplements rather then having that treatment every year. The Odorless Garlic helps clean Arteries and Veins of plaque and fat build up. It will also help maintain your Blood Pressure to a healthy level then simple walking will help keep the Blood flowing through your legs.
    It appears that the male was trying to row the inflatable from the wrong end. He should have been seated towards the Bow rather then the Stern.
    Funny Tan Lines.
    Totally agree about living in Canada.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

    • contessa says:

      I appreciate your medical advice but I am just fine. I do not have plaque nor fat build up and my blood pressure is in the very low zone. I simply have lots of spider veins which are unattractive as my legs look bruised all the time. Good catch on the fellow rowing form the wiring end of the boat. He was paddling and getting nowhere at all.

  3. Karen says:

    Wow that looks painful ?Are you in pain after the injections?Can you walk around okay? Wishing you a speedy recovery ?

  4. Contessa says:

    The solution that is injected creates some stinging which becomes less intense as time passes. By hour two I am just fine. It is strongly encouraged to wear the stockings and do at least a 30 minute walk directly after the treatment to get the solution moving thru the veins. I then should walk everyday which I do anyway. The best part is being able to take the stocking off, they are so hot. Guess I should be happy for all the rain and cool temps 🙂

  5. Don & Kathy McKelvay says:

    Contessa, I understand your problem with the legs as I too went through a couple of years with the injections and hated the stockings -like panty hose. Finally I was able to get both legs stripped and although they said I still had to wear the stockings I have not and am doing just fine. Just a thought that maybe that might work for you too. Happy Canada Day

    • contessa says:

      Worse than panty hose!!! My legs are not bad enough to get stripped. I just looked very bruised all over. So glad that you are no longer suffering.

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