Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What a difference a day makes...

Yesterday I was very achy in my back and legs.  Today, not so much.  However, yesterday my feet and legs were totally fine.  This morning I tried to put my shoes on and they wouldn't fit!  My feet and legs have suddenly become very swollen.  I ended up wearing my Birkenstocks to work instead.  Of course, they were really tight too.  I have the ability to adjust the buckles on my Birkenstocks, but they are molded so well to my normal size feet and I just didn't want to change them.  I just dealt with it.  Luckily I tend to sit at my desk most of the day so I was able to keep my shoes off while sitting.  I was really uncomfortable with the swelling though.  I need to find something to prop my feet up under my desk.  That might help.  The main problem is that I can't go into the lab with sandals.  I need close toed shoes to go in there.  It wasn't a problem today, but it is on most days.  So, I had to break down and buy some new shoes after work.  They are just some $5 close toed slip ons that I bought at Walmart on the way home.  They are a size bigger than my normal size though, and much more comfortable.

I was a bit concerned about this swelling because it seemed to happen suddenly.  Maybe I was slightly swollen yesterday and just didn't notice?  It's possible.  I read up on it a bit and found out that sudden swelling of the hands and face may be a sign of preeclampsia, but leg swelling is just normal.  I don't have any noticeable swelling anywhere other than my feet and legs, and my blood pressure is always extremely low, so I'm not concerned about that.  I did double check my pressure today just to make sure, and it's still really low.  I guess it's just normal and another thing I have to deal with.  It really sucks though.  I was hoping I wouldn't have this problem.

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