I've had my share of varicose veins. And probably have plenty more to come. In fact I've had so many veins either ripped out of my leg, or injected and shut down, that its a wonder my leg is not just a withered husk of skin hanging from my hip.
Veins are like roads my doctor told me. The blood finds a way it likes to go and then just uses it all the time, and your vein gets bigger and more used up and then the valves won't close properly, and next thing you know, you have a varicose vein.
And your brain is kind of similar, but with thoughts. Circuit roads. The more you have certain thoughts, the easier it is for your brain to think that way. So you can retrain your brain to have more happy, positive, calm type thoughts. I was reading this in a book called Happy At Last, whcih was pretty interesting.
Foe example. Say you are stuck in a traffic jam and you start getting stressed. And you start swearing and slamming the horn and getting cranky, then you just started that little road in your brain, a little connection. And the next time you're stuck in traffic, your brain will go – ahhhh, I know what they want me to do, because they did it last time, so it's easier for you to be cranky and stressed again. But, if you're sitting in the traffic and you do a bit of deep breathing, listen to a bit of music, watch the birds fly by and stay calm, then that connection is made, and the next time you're in that situation again, thats what your brain will want to do.
It takes a while though. Like anything, you have to practice it for about three months before it becomes a habit. So you do it with any thoughts, even just smiling. And so even though your little smiley road circuit in your brain might start out like some dark little track that only a mountain goat can find his way through, if you just keep doing it, before you know it you'll have a huge smooth four lane highway with B double size happy thoughts rolling along it.
Now, back to the veins.
Do you know how they strip a varicose vein? I had to have a huge vein stripped, a main vein. One that runs from your ankle to your groin. And what they do is cut the vein at the ankle and cut it at the groin. Then they start at the ankle and feed a tube up the vein, all the way until it pops out at the top at the groin. And when it pops out these little hooks spring out and catch over the top. So then they grab the tube at the ankle, and rip it as hard as they can and pull the vein out. And yes, there will be bruising.
And I was looking at the doctor when he was telling me they would be doing this, and I said
won't I bleed to death? Aren't there other important things attached to that vein, that should stay that way?
But he said apparently not. He said if they went in and cut all the connected veins with a scalpel then I would have a major blood loss problem. But he said if you just rip them out, it's so traumatic that all the other veins just clamp shut. But what about the blood flowing around, where will it go now, how will it travel. And he said, it just finds a new way.
Amazing really, the old body, and how it just works (most of the time).
Imagine being the first person who ever had their veins stripped.
Okay – now we've never tried this before, but this is what we'd like to try………