Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Holy crap, where did THAT come from?

You guys are the bestest. Honestly, I couldn't ask for better friends. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. Rest assured that for the most part we are doing well. Every once in a while, reality decides to reach out and slap us across the face. Hard. And that's okay. It serves as a reminder of the depths of our love for Lillian.

And now for an equally awkward transition, I bring you the following.

WARNING: Gruesome picture follows. Although by now you've probably already seen it so why am I bothering with this warning anyway?


In case you couldn't tell, this is the back of my leg. I cannot easily view this region of my anatomy so that lumpy deformity may have been there for some time. But I choose to believe it just "popped up." Like the topographic maps we made in the 3rd grade, a few veins appear to have gone 3D. Which brings me to several questions. First, what the heck caused it? Second, how do I make it go away? Third, I know I'm Whitey McWhiterson. Shut it.


I'm old.

I blame exercise.

5 comments:

Sara July 30, 2008 at 9:38 AM  

Okay, is that a vein? If so, then you may actually be able to blame exercise. I'm not that kind of doctor, so I'll make Matthew take a look at it, but I have a couple of those 'wonky-parts' on my legs and they are just magnified by exercise. Self-tanning lotions might make it less noticable (Whitey McWhiterson), but get a quality one or you just end up looking like an Oompa Loompa. Did you know those spray-tan booths use BEET JUICE! No joke...but it works and I know 'cuz my mom and I did it once.

Other than cosmetic cover up, I think the only other option is surgical, but that puppy looks like a big 'un and I'm not sure it's okay to remove, like, a major artery from your leg for cosmetic purposes. You'd think they'd make a few more medical advances and fix that whole struggle between "it supplies blood to my entire leg" and "it's lumpy and icky," sheesh! The failures of modern medicine...

Sara July 30, 2008 at 9:39 AM  

P.S. Sure is nice of you to give a warning...as you know, I don't provide that public service on my blog :)

Mindy July 30, 2008 at 4:30 PM  

I've got some gnarly beauts on my leg that I had a vascular doctor check out. He told me that unless it is causing pain, it isn't really something I should worry about. My sister and my dad have had surgery where they "strip" them, yuck, which reduces the bumpiness and eases pain. Maybe you should ask the next time you see you doctor? I don't think it looks that bad, but obviously I'm not qualified!

Beth July 30, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

So, it looks to me from the wonderful photography that it could be a varicose vein or maybe spider veins. Personally you should check out this website and their photos then there will be nothing for you to worry about :) I can't put the picture in the comment otherwise I would! This would need a warning for sure as it almost made me sick. (okay, not that much of a lightweight) http://www.mountcastleveincenter.com

After you look at the website you may not decide to do anything about it, but here is what I know. My dad has/had very bad varicose veins (almost as bad as the photo). He had the stripping of the veins in one of his legs. This was a horror story gone bad. He got extreemly infected and septic. He was in the hospital for a few days at least to fix all that. With that said you have know all the health issues, so had he taken care of the surgery at the time it wouldn't have been so bad. My mom was out of town when it got infected and he just decided to wait until she got home to deal with it :) He refuses to do the other leg and deals with the pain :) So, now that you have been sufficiently grossed out and scared I want you to know I barely noticed the spot in the picture.

Personally the reasons for these happening that I know of are genetics, weight gain & pregnancy. But as I read this wonderful website some more it looks like it can also happen with prolonged sitting or standing. Hope this helps.

Robb July 30, 2008 at 6:35 PM  

Pierce Brosnan's singing, organic baby food, medical anomalies, and everything in between. I love your blog. :-)

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