It’s Sad That This Is the Sort of Thing That Gets Me Excited These Days

One of the side effects of one of the medications I am on is that it can cause swollen ankles and calves. The problem is compounded when I stand for a few hours to teach, and by the end of the day I can barely fit into my sneakers (forget about wearing shoes).

So I thought perhaps a pair of compression socks would help, so I went to Walgreen’s and bought a pair (who knew they were so expensive – $20 for one pair of socks).

It was amazing what a difference they made. My sneakers slip on much more easily, my legs aren’t really swollen after a few hours of teaching, and there are no longer marks on my legs from the socks I used to wear pressing into my swollen calves.

So once I realized how beneficial they were, I thought it would be useful to buy some more, but this time through Amazon. The prices I found were much better, finding some highly rated compression socks for a price of about $15 – for a pack of three.

The problem, and it’s not just with buying compression socks, is that I spent way too much time figuring out what the best socks would be. On Amazon, there were several hundred compression socks to choose from, so I went out to the web and searched for “best compression socks”. I then ended up reading several articles on different compression socks. Talk about experiencing the paradox of choice.

Before I knew it, over an hour had gone by, and I still had not ordered a pair. I don’t think I spent that much time buying our last car.

I finally decided to put an end to my comparison shopping, and picked a set of three socks that cost me about $15, and they arrived a day later (today). I haven’t tried them yet, but I hope they live up to all their positive reviews.

In the meantime, I wonder what other wonderful things I am missing out on in life simply because I was unaware of how wonderful they could be.

Someone did mention how helpful an umbrella can be when it’s raining, so maybe that will be the next thing I try…


49 thoughts on “It’s Sad That This Is the Sort of Thing That Gets Me Excited These Days

  1. LOL! Glad you found the happiness of compression socks.
    Yes, umbrellas are helpful when it rains, but only if you open them up! Thought I should throw that advice in there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I do the same thing. I spend forever researching the best product. It takes all the fun out of online shopping. Not that it was ever much fun in the first place. It helps to read the reviews, but then I check the few reviews that only have one star, and then I feel very wary of the product, even if most of the reviews are 4 and 5 stars. Online shopping is such a pain.

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  3. I get far fewer headaches, and my feet are a lot less swollen after I retired. My mom wore compression socks all the time, and they helped her swollen feet so much.

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  4. Pffft to umbrellas! What’s wrong with getting wet?

    Sometimes my obesity works in my favor. I have redonk wide calves… not wide but special extra wide. Even Amazon only has about 3 varieties of compression socks that fit me.

    Finding that there are different levels of compression was a godsend… I can actually pull up the mid-light compression ones. The heavy compression socks cause an asthma attack as I fight to get them on!

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    1. As I was reading the reviews, people were mentioning if the socks were hard to put on, especially if you had arthritis. Before I had my first pair of compression socks, I would have thought ,”How hard can it be to put on a pair of socks?” Now I know…


      1. I like merino wool socks. They are non-allergenic, breathable, warm in winter and cool in summer. i was just wondering if the compression ones are available in merino since I was thinking of getting compression socks for my sore feet ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. whatever it takes to get us through the day…

      but at least your frequent traveler posts help other people.

      the only way a post about compression socks can help other people is to make them feel good they aren’t me… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Hi Jim, while we were away I saw a number of older men wearing compression socks. I must be honest, I didn’t know what they were so I had to look them up. They certainly seem popular so they must work. The women probably also use them but they tend to wear long pants or skirts so I didn’t see them .

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      1. Yes, it rains in Montana. However, the annual rainfall in eastern Montana (averages 13 inches) is substantially less than central Ohio’s. I lived in McCone County for 22 years, where in 1921 in a 24-hour period they received 11.5 inches of rain.

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  6. In the world of comparison, I am my own worst nightmare…sigh…however I am pleased compression socks have done what they said on the tin…that in itself is a bonus says a canny and cautious shopper ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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