Thanks to the happy combination of Factor V Leiden and being pregnant, I’m rocking a higher chance than average for a blood clot while traveling. Back in October, when I was just a few months along, a lot of my travel was on the Acela, cruising back and forth between Boston and Philly, in addition to some flights. So I needed to take these clotting risks into account.
“You’re telling me I should pick up some compression stockings, then?” I asked my obstetrician, after we had discussed my upcoming travel plans.
“Yes ma’am. And wear them. Not just for traveling, but as often as you can.”
“Will do. So I’ll be potbellied and wearing compression stockings. Hot!”
My feeble attempts at joking aside, these stockings are important. Even though I’m working hard to get to the gym several times a week, I’m more definitively working hard on making money, so there’s a bit too much time spent at the computer these days. Heeding the advice of my doctors, I’m careful to keep my legs elevated as much as possible, and I’m sure to pop up and walk around every hour or so, in addition to staying hydrated. (Note: Staying hydrated makes getting up every hour easier, especially when BSparl is gnawing on my bladder.)
And I’m also sporting these socks, purchased for $4.99 at my local CVS. (Another note: CVS takes too much of my money on a regular basis, from their clever selection of lip glosses – love me some Bonnie Bell – to their strategic arrangement of Hallmark greeting cards to their convenient pharmacy that’s open 24 hours. I have an intense love/hate relationship with CVS, as evidenced by their constant contact with my debit card.) The socks aren’t uncomfortable, they appear to be working well (no varicose veins yet), and they are black, so thankfully they go with my go-to flats of choice these days. I’m safe, BSparl is safe, and CVS is safe because they will continue to get my money.
So what’s sexier than compression stockings?
Because without these blasted old lady leg warmers, I’d be risking a blood clot and varicose veins, thank you very much.
*This blog post was originally published at Six Until Me.*