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Do You Like to Know When Something Dreadful Is Coming up or be Surprised?

Because this is the state of my legs (again) this morning – 

the wraps
the wraps

I just went with a simple 44 today.  I did a stretch instead of a true exercise – forward bends to a toe touch.  Super easy but it was actually a nice move for my hamstrings – I should probably do that a bit more!!!

Other than my core challenge with Taylor (1 minute plank and 30 push-ups this week), I ended up taking an unplanned day off.

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 6.39.41 AMSo, yesterday I had a Drs appointment that I thought was just a follow-up.  Remember in November I had LOTS of injections in my veins?  Well, I had a 2 month “check-up.”

I went in thinking I would probably be there about 5 minutes or so (didn’t even have my Nook with me!!).  

The DR looked at my legs and the couple of places that still hurt (all the time) and said, “Yep, there are still some pieces (of veins, I guess) there that we need to get.”

Next thing I know they start setting things up – 

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 6.44.11 AM(don’t be fooled that there are just 4 syringes – she added a couple more but she can do multiple injections with each one!!)

I had a  moment of panic!!!  I told the DR and nurse that I wasn’t really expecting shots and wasn’t mentally prepared.

The response, “Maybe just as well.”  Nice!

She used a stronger solution this time and YIKES!!!  Probably good that I hadn’t known because it was painful!!!

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 6.37.50 AMSo, a couple of unplanned “easy” days (glad I got in a good run yesterday morning!!) and then hopefully I can be done with all of this!!!  (unless I get another surprise at the March appointment!)

Do you like to know when stuff like this is coming up so you can prepare mentally or would you rather just show up and find out at the last minute?

Happy Thursday!!!



Vein Stripping: A Final Report

Today I worked my core with my  43.  I did X-crunches!!!  

Start on the floor in an X – 

start (best part!!)

Crunch  – bringing opposite hand and foot together –

finish the rep
finish the rep

I counted a right and left crunch as 1 so it was really 86 total crunches to complete this 43.

Today was 6 am boot camp – it was full of lunging, kicking, punching, twisting!!  Everyone should feel it through-out their entire core by tomorrow!!!

And it was muggy – I literally looked (and felt) like I had just gotten out of the lake by the time we finished!!  Screen shot 2013-07-10 at 7.23.31 AMOh – wrong kind of muggy!!!

I decided to let boot camp be my only workout today!!  I’m gearing up for a huge day on Saturday – I will just say that Friday is my 300th consecutive day of 43s so that means it’s time for another LONG run!!!

It has been 11 weeks since I had vein surgery.  Monday I had another follow-up appointment with the DR who did the procedure.  I had a few questions for her – like “Why do I get a purple mark right above my knee cap every time I run or do any exercising?”  (standard response – it’s normal)

Basically, the whole appointment lasted less than 3 minutes and she said that everything is fine.  I still have this bruise on my right inner thigh (and it is still lumpy) – 

right inner thigh
right inner thigh

My right calf still has a bruise and every time I run or do any plyo (so pretty much every day!!) – I have a burning sensation in it.

right calf
right calf

And my left ankle is still bruised, hard to the touch and stays swollen about 90% of the time.

left ankle - hard to see the bruise
left ankle 

She said that some people take up to 6 months for everything to heal and that I’m one of those lucky people!!

I told her that the bruises don’t really bother me but my legs hurt 10x more now than they ever did before the surgery.  Her response to that – an odd look and then she said well they look a lot better than the last time I saw you.  Yes, but they hurt and I’m an athlete and don’t need another reason for my legs to hurt!!!

So, I’m still not really happy that I had the procedure done.  And – I still have another step to finish treating the veins – Sclerotherapy.Screen shot 2013-07-10 at 7.43.56 AM(not my leg or doctor)

Ummm….not sure that I’m in on having multiple injections all over my legs while I’m awake!!!  She said we would wait until October for this – I told her no way would October work because I’M RUNNING A 50 MILE RACE!!!  (another odd look from her – what’s up with all the looks?!)

So, in November I will have a needle stuck into my legs numerous times to finish treating the veins (unless I back out and decide to just live with them!!!).

Clearly my legs are better than the last  follow-up I did on the surgery.  But, even though I can do all of my normal activities, they still aren’t completely healed and they truly do hurt much more now than before I started all of this.  So, my thoughts/opinions still haven’t really improved – if I had to go back in time to April, I would not go through with the surgery.

Lesson Learned (the hard way!!)!!

What lessons have you learned the hard way?

Happy Wednesday!