Take it to 11!

Okay this post has nothing to do with This is Spinal Tap, but I recently found out that my veins measure 11 mm in my leg. Seriously. That’s just huge. Well, as of today, I have one less vein in my left leg. After months of preparation and scheduling conflicts, I had venous ablation. Let me tell you about it. (Don’t read this while you’re eating).

For years, I have been dealing with really ugly blue varicose veins in my leg. Seriously ugly. Like, I haven’t worn shorts, or a skirt shorter than mid-calf in at least 5 years. My daughter thought they looked like big mosquito bites.

When I realized they were actually hurting, I decided to take them to the doctor. My PCP sent me to a vein surgeon. He was mightily impressed with my really ridiculously heinous veins, but he said I would be better off with a different procedure. See, this guy would just do a stripping where he would remove the offending vein from hip to ankle. The Dr. he was sending me to, does something completely different, and only slightly less gross.

I went to see the new guy at a hospital I didn’t even know we had in this town. For real. I had my veins mapped from hip to ankle to make sure my veins were big enough to be eligible for the procedure. That’s when I found out my veins go to 11. They’re huge. Apparently.

I was originally scheduled to have this procedure last month. But I showed up with the remains of a sinus infection. They couldn’t do it. Too much risk of infection. So they rescheduled me. A week later, they realized the doctor was going to be gone that day. Reschedule again. The day before the scheduled date, they did some math and realized my legs were longer than the catheter they had (I’m 6′ tall.) Not going to work. Reschedule again.

Today was the day. Doctor in the house. Adrienne sans infection. Correct length of catheter. Let’s go! They stuck me with the IV and took me to the procedure room. I was chillin’ on the table, chatting with the techs and doctor and stuff. They’re working out how they’re going to do this thing cause the top half of the vein is on the front of my leg, and the bottom half of the vein is on the back. No problem. I complained that my IV was poking me. After making sure the thing was working, they decided I just needed narcotics. I fell asleep not too long after that.

The difference between this surgery and the usual kind is that it didn’t matter when I woke up in the middle of the procedure. I seriously woke myself up snoring a couple of times. I woke up enough to realize they were still busy with my leg, and went back to sleep. Basically, what he did was run a catheter up my vein a cauterize the inside of it to shut it down. No vein, no varicosity. (That’s a real word. I swear.)

I woke up just in time to hear the doctor say, “Oh, hey! The other ones are gone! They disappeared. We’re done.” Then I had a conversation with the techs about Saturday Night Live and “More Cowbell.” Apparently, when he shut down one vein, it shut down the other ones that were attached to it. Neat.

One hour in surgery. One hour in recovery. Then Michael and I went to lunch.


I have been looking forward to this challenge all year.

Last years’ RIP was my first challenge and I really enjoyed it. Carl does a great challenge. Check him out.

Anyway. I’m putting together my list of 4 books. Here it is. I think.

1. Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
2. I am Legend by Richard Somebody
3. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne DuMaurier
4. Danse Macabre by Laurell Hamilton



I stole this from Bloggin Bout Books.

What are you reading right now? Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin and Number9Dream by David Mitchell.

Do you have any idea what you’ll read when you’re done with that? Probably Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City. Again.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever been forced to read? Once, I had to read a really crappy chick lit book for book club. Everyone hated it. So awful.

What’s the one book you always recommend to just about anyone? Well, I don’t, because people are so different.

Admit it, the librarians at your library know you on a first-name basis. They do because I’m one of them.

Is there a book you absolutely love, but for some reason people never think it sounds interesting, or have they read it and don’t like it at all? Pride and Prejudice. My favorite. Most people go, huh.

Do you read books while you eat? While you bathe? While you watch movies or tv? While you listen to music? While you’re on the computer? Yes. Except when I’m watching the TV. I just can’t then. I read while pages load when I’m loading lots of pages at once. I try to read magazines while I eat. Not so much the books. But if I’m out of magazines, I’ll read books.

When you were little, did other children tease you about your reading habits?
No. I don’t think so.

What is the last thing you stayed up half the night reading because it was so good you couldn’t put it down? I can’t really remember. Maybe Black Swan Green by David Mitchell?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road I got this from the library yesterday. I started it before dinner and finished about 11:15 last night. Yeah, it’s pretty good.

First off, maybe I had the advantage of being prepared for death and devastation. Everyone I know said it was really depressing. So maybe I was overprepared. I didn’t think it was depressing, really. There were some gory parts, but really I thought the whole thing was about hope. I mean, no matter how bad things got, there was a flicker of hope. That’s what I got out of it anyway.

Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek

Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him I saw this at the bookstore on a trip with Debbie and was intrigued, but not enough to buy the hardcover. So, I checked it out of the library. One intriguing feature was the jacket blurb by Vera Wang. “The dress designer?” I thought. Yes, that Vera Wang.

The title of the book refers to a piece of artwork that plays a prominent role in the plot. The story is told in first person from the view of the gallery secretary at the gallery where the aforementioned piece is shown. The artist is accidentally killed in the street in front of the gallery on opening night. This makes his work suddenly very expensive and very coveted. The Lulu in the painting is his niece whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. The narrator, Mia, befriends Lulu and is swept into a world of fast-paced, high priced art deals.

There were a couple of surprises at the end that I saw coming a mile away. But more importantly, the book made me want to go out and look at some art. The author obviously loves contemporary art. It shows.

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

The Raw Shark TextsWOW. Just wow. I know for a fact that I didn’t understand everything that happened in this book. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the heck out of it.

I think the premise is this: a man’s memories are being eaten by a conceptual shark. He decides to find a way to destroy the shark.

I don’t want to give anything away, but I don’t understand something about the ending. If you can help me out with this, let me know.

Jane Austen and Her Times

Jane Austen and Her Times, 1775 - 1817 This book was originally written in 1905. That was really interesting. They stated some things as fact that we now know to be untrue, but mostly the biography bit didn’t say anything new. The interesting part was that each chapter discussed a segment of society or a place, say The Navy or Bath, and then told what we know about how Jane fit into that segment. Plus, the writing was very easy to read. I had to remind myself when he was comparing regency society to “modern” society, he didn’t mean the 21st century.

July Roundup

I have not been doing a good job with my monthly reviews, but here’s July’s anyway.

Dear Jane Austen: A Heroine’s Guide to Life and Love by Patrice Hannon – I read most of this in Eureka Springs.

Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich

The Hellfire Conspiracy by Will Thomas

Jane Austen: In Style by Susan Watkins – Sensing a pattern?

Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen

Daisy Miller and Washington Square by Henry James – Two in one book.

The Time-Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susannah Clarke

Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron – This was my New Year’s Resolution re-read.

Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane Austen

50 plus one Great Books You Should Have Read and probably didn’t by George Walsh

The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman

Total: 14
Nonfiction: 3
Mystery: 3
Classics: 2
YA: 1
Short Stories: 1
Other fiction: 5

Male Authors: 5
Female Authors: 9

Well, there ya have it.