A few days after she was born, I noticed several blood clots in my varicose veins, in exactly the same place as last pregnancy. How is this possible?!
I met with the vein specialist today (remember him from A Tale of Two Doctors?) to make sure the clots were not in the deep venous system. Everything looks good--no DVT, just superficial clots. I'm planning on having the varicose veins removed before the end of this year. At my request, the HR person at Eric's university changed our health insurance contract to cover medically indicated VV treatment. (She's pretty awesome, don't you think?)
Although I don't care a whit about "preserving the youthful appearance of my legs," I do look forward to ditching my compression hose and to having legs that don't ache all the time.
In case you're looking for compression hose, I have tried the following brands & styles:
- Jobst UltraSheer thigh-high 20-30 (my favorite--I got these when insurance covered them)
- AmesWalker Sheer thigh-high 20-30 (similar to the Jobst but more affordable--I bought these when I had to pay out of pocket)
- AmesWalker 20-30 Microfiber Maternity hose (couldn't stand them--hated the band around my waist, plus the crotch kept slipping down several inches)
- AmesWalker 20-30 surgical weight full-length thigh-high hose (Tthese look and feel like classic Granny Hose. Don't wear them unless you want to feel like you're 80 years old)