Peripheral Vascular Disease

Apparently I have this!

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I went to the doctors this afternoon and sat in the waiting room for two hours!  I was not very happy or filled with conversation by this point.  The doctors have changed my appointment numerous times over the past few weeks and I have actually been trying to get an appointment now for six weeks to see the doctor!  I ended up leaving work early so that I could get to my appointment for 4:30 and finally be seen, but I didn’t leave until 6:40pm!I could have left work on time!

I told the doctor about the recent numbness in my left hand and about three of my fingers turning completely purpley/blue a couple of weeks ago.  He took my blood pressure and checked my heart, made me do a few things with my hands and felt my feet.  (Should have worn non-holey socks!  Whoops!)  He thinks that I have something called Peripheral Vascular Disease which would basically mean unless it gets severe (in which case there are tablets I can take to help) I need to ensure I wear gloves a lot of the time!  I have to go back on Thursday morning for a blood test though.  The doctor has marked me down for abobut 8 different tests, basically to check to see if my cholesterol is too high as this can put added pressure on my veins. I don’t think it should be.  I feel I eat reasonably healthy and exercise six or more times a week, often running more than 35 miles in a week.  I did ask if it would affect my running/upcoming long races but he seemed to think not.  Rather that I should just wear gloves (Although I know this will make my hands way too hot so will actually be impossible to do).

Anyway, I was rather annoyed about the long wait.  By the time I got home it was nearly 7pm and I had planned on being home no later than 5, much earlier than I would normally return home from work, and having time to catch up with some housework.

So what did I do for tea?…In my sulk and growing hunger…The unhealthy option of two sausages in a baguette with ketchup!

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Lunch had been reasonably healthy though…I had an apple at breaktime…

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And a salad of lettuce, half an orange pepper, one carrot, some grapes, a tomato and a block of cheddar cheese with some houmous.  (Although I ate rather too much houmous and felt rather full by the end of school!)

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And at lunchtime, sat in the upstairs staffroom, this cake went round…this gooey, chocolately fudge cake which I couldn’t resist.  It was very nice but now that I’ve tried it I felt no need to have any more on another day this week (that’s if other people were able to resist it!)

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2 thoughts on “Peripheral Vascular Disease

    1. Ditto! Especially when it takes that long to get in! Like you say at least I’ve got a better idea of what is wrong now and that my marathon/Ultra running over the next few weeks should be fine. :)

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