Tuesday, December 8, 2015

A Visit To The Vein Clinic

We've been keeping busy for sure. Today we into Blythe ( 25 minutes away) for an appt. with the vein specialist. Last week Quartzsite Senior Centre offered a free vein screening clinic- but we had other things to do that day and they said there was 15 ahead of me when I got there, but did say we could come to Blythe and get it done this week. So I made an appt. I figured it was free and I have had vein issues for sure, so why not. There were alot of older people there when I got there, and alot that seemed in worst shape than myself. I was told there was going to be about an hour wait- despite having an appt., so we ran over to K-Mart to pick up a "few" things. K-Mart is expensive- not like Walmart for sure- plus we just heard the Canadian dollar lost ground again today so we're really trying to be conscious of spending. I mean we still need things, but we do go to the "dollar" stores alot, or will wait till we go to Walmart to get something we need or want.

Anyhow, back to the vein appt., it was a free screening. The ultra sound showed I have one leg that is really struggling with pumping blood. The right leg. The left is sorta bad but the right is two times worst. It may even be one of the causes of my leg cramping in the evenings some nights while I sleep. And it would make sense as the right one is worst.The doctor explained how they can fix the leg with a modern technique. Takes 20 minutes. No down time. Cost? $2,000 USD. Am I getting it done? Well not at this point but it is nice that if you pay anything with cash, there is no wait time and anything can get done. He did say it would over time get worst. So something to think about. Do they do the procedure in Canada? Probably not- and not that would be covered by our coverage, and not without a long wait time.


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