Here's what my leg looked like before surgery. It's hard to get the full effect on camera, so imagine that blue vein looking even more bulgy and gnarly and you have a better idea of what it REALLY looked like!
Two hours before the procedure I had to cover my leg in lidocaine cream and wrap it in Saran wrap. Yes, those were the actual instructions. "Wrap your leg is plastic wrap." Who knew?!
Oh, and by the way, the Xanex DID eventually hit. But it wasn't until nearly two hours AFTER it was supposed to that it finally stuck...and not until I was taking a walk after getting home from surgery and lunch. If you would have driven by, you would have seen me staggering down the sidewalk two blocks from home, fighting to keep my eyes open. There was a point when I seriously considered laying down on the sidewalk but I was afraid someone might stop to try and help me rather than let me sleep, so I bravey (if a little drunkenly) soldiered on. Interestingly, by the time I made it the rest of the way around the block I had another few minutes of loopiness...and then it was out of my system and I felt completely fine.
Which leads me to wonder why on earth people take stuff like that for fun. 'Cos that was not fun. Just sayin'.
Anyway, here’s a link to a picture of a REAL guinea worm, just because. Really, there's no comparison to my varicosity. A guinea worm infection is a horrible and painful thing and I hope they really do manage to eradicate it as they claim they are about to do, 'cos varicose veins are gnarly...but guinea worms? NASTY! http://www.healthmasters.com/sites/all/themes/hm/parasites/guinea3.jpg
One last thing: if you have varicose veins, I TOTALLY recommend this surgery. But be prepared to be pretty uncomfortable for a solid two weeks afterwards. Not miserable. Just uncomfortable and very sore.
That is all.