Monday, May 23, 2011

Getting Personal: Sclerotherapy

Mornin' :) Hope your weekend was as awesome as mine! In case you missed it, Friday night I went out on the town with a bunch of classmates, and Saturday we had a blast celebrating Eric's birthday.

Last night, a couple of my girlfriends from class came over to have dinner and relax a little before the start of another week. They had been busy moving all day and we were all starving by the time they had arrived. I prepared a little taco bar for us all to enjoy:

The spread included ground turkey, sour cream, guacamole, spinach, and cheese plus a fruit salad.

We dominated those tacos. I had planned on having leftovers for tomorrow, but the three of us at all of it! I believe the grand total was ten tacos between the three of us; it was pretty epic ;)


I'm sure you've all gathered by now that I get a little up close and personal on the blog, frequently sharing way more information about myself than you probably want to know. I know that many people are not comfortable posting things about themself like their weight, the results of a body fat test, or pictures of themself rocking a muffin top, but I really don't have any problem talking about these things because this is how I wanted my blog to be from the beginning. I feel like it is so much easier to relate to the writer when you are reading a truely personal and honest blog, and I hope that's how many of you feel about me :)

On that note, I want to talk about a medical procedure that I mentioned yesterday that I'll be getting tomorrow afternoon. The procedure is called sclerotherapy, and it is used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. I've never mentioned this before, but I have suffered from spider veins on my legs for years and I have always been very self-conscious about it. Spider veins are small red, purple and blue blood vessels that are easily seen through the skin. (source) This is not my leg, but here is a picture of what they look like:


Combined with my insecurities about the cellulite that also inhabits my thighs, my spider veins have actually prevented me from wearing shorts since I was a young teenager. While they are largely attributed to genetics (my dad suffers from spider and varicose veins as well), I personally believe that the many years I spent being so overweight as well as having a job where I'm on my feet all day has greatly contributed to the spider veins as well.

Like I said, sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat and get rid of spider finds. It involves the injection of a solution (normal saline in my case) directly into the vein, which then irritates the lining of the blood vessel and causes it to collapse and eventually fade from view. (Source) I had a consult about a month ago with a local dermatologist who specializes in vein treatment, and he told me that he thought I would be a perfect candidate for the procedure (young, healthy, not pregnant, no complications). He also said that it is actually a relatively simple procedure that should only take about 30 minutes to complete. If everything goes as planned, he'll be able to treat all of the spider veins on both of my legs in one session, and within a couple months they should be almost completely faded from view.

I am really excited to get this procedure done. Like I said, I've been so insecure about my spider veins that I haven't worn shorts in years, and you can only imagine my hatred of bathing suit season (then again, who doesn't hate bathing suit season?!). I know that sclerotherapy will improve my self confidence, and I can't wait to see the results, and go out and buy some shorts!

So how's that for getting a little personal? Hopefully ya'll don't mind, but like I said at the beginning, you're probably used to it by now ;)

Have a great day and I'll see ya tomorrow after the procedure :)


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