Pre-Botox Jitters

Here we are! I made it to Casper! Minus a few delays out of SFO and a connecting flight later, it has been a smooth first day.

I’ve never been to Wyoming before, and I have to say that the views are beautiful. It’s that vastness that is difficult to capture with the only way to take it all in is to just enjoy the moment.IMG_1114

Snapping back to reality, though, tomorrow is the big day, and I’m experiencing all sorts of feelings and anxiety about Dr. McGinley’s Vascular Pressure Treatment. In order to combat the nerves, I think it’ll be helpful to list the reasons behind why I decided to move forward with the procedure in the first place.

 

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5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Go Skydiving in their Lifetime

Skydiving is one of those experiences that I always said I would do but never thought would actually become a reality. After taking the plunge for the first time in January, I realized that there’s more to the leap than a cool view and bragging rights. The effects from skydiving, at least for myself, went much deeper.

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If you get the chance, I highly recommend taking a dive, and here are my five reasons why:

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Botox, a Miracle Drug? Countdown to my last resort…

The most mentally debilitating part of dealing with chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) and popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES) is the constant struggle of finding the right doctor with a solution that actually works. I can’t even begin to share the state of frustration and plain exhaustion I’ve been suffering through for the past 2.5 years.

In other words, I am desperate to try anything to relieve my pain and get me moving like a normal human again.

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What is PAES?

PAES = Popliteal Artery Entrapment Syndrome

According to the Cleveland Clinic, PAES is a rare vascular disease that affects the legs of some young athletes. The muscle and tendons near the knee are positioned so that they compress the popliteal artery – the main artery that runs through and behind the knee. Compression of the artery restricts blood flow to the lower leg and can damage the artery.

BOOM! Sounds intense, right?

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