IMG_0170 Isn’t it fun to dream and make resolutions? Not the New Year’s kind! Not the I’m going to eat more kale and floss every night plus get up an hour earlier so I can work out. No, no, I’m not talking about those kind of resolutions. I’m talking about the resolutions that are more like wonderful dreams.

Like when you are looking at a magazine and see a photo layout that the food editor spent a zillion hours creating. It looks so inviting and you dreamily resolve, “I’m going to do that this summer with my family.” Or a recipe that works out, and you think, “when we go to the beach I’m going to do that PLUS I’m going to create something wonderful EVERY DAY!” Or reading a novel that describes someone coming into a house after a blustery walk over lovely beach cliffs, only to smell a good cut of meat roasting with some crusty potatoes, and you decide, “I’m going to create that kind of environment in my home!”

All of these dreams center around cooking, but you name it! When you see something well-done, it can be inspiring. How many men have dreamed dreams about their golf game after watching a professional golfer? How many women have started painting or hanging wallpaper after attending a decorator show house? Or crafting after going to a craft fair? Or gardening after watching HGTV? The list goes on. Here’s how I got thinking about this whole subject


Recently I was walking past a tennis court where some AA players were having a match. They made the game look so graceful, and even easy. When a point was ended, it wasn’t because someone flubbed a shot, with a ball landing in the net or the back fence. No, points ended with firm, well-placed volleys and opponents conceding, “good shot” and maybe one of those little claps on the strings of the racket that’s the tennis version of applause for a shot well-done.

While watching this match, one of the players hit an overhead, but not just HIT the overhead, she DESTROYED the overhead! You know, she hit the ball so hard that when it bounced on the opposite side of the net, it then bounced over the fence! No chance whatsoever of THAT  being returned. Wow! I hadn’t seen that since my son played high school tennis. He played on a team so talented that this over-the-fence-overhead shot was a regular occurrence. While other coaches were getting their boys pumped up with strategy and encouraging words, our coach would say, “now boys, try not to lose so many balls over the fence when you are hitting overheads!”

Back to resolutions. When I saw that girl hit that overhead, I remembered a goal that was really more like a dream.   I want to do that. I always said I wanted to be able to do that. I know it’s probably beyond me, but maybe I should resurrect that thought. Hmmmmmm. Dare I even wander there in my mind?  Could I dream big enough to make a resolution in that department?


Later that day, while lazily enjoying a glass of wine on the porch, I shared these thoughts with Dr David. Many enthusiastic words flew between us….lessons from a coach…plus he would take me out and feed me practice balls….oh, and as long as we are at it, he wanted me to get a really good second serve. Isn’t it all so exciting and even EASY to make resolutions and dream big when the dreaming is just that….dreaming! You know, like the diet you are going to go on when vacation is over? Ha ha.

But guess what? Sometimes a fraction of those resolutions actually happen. Maybe you cook ONE of those great meals, not EVERY DAY of the vacation, but more than you would have. Maybe you just rearrange a little, rather than redecorating the whole house. That’s good! These resolutions and dreams count for something. And don’t we admire the person that attempts great things, even if they can’t get all the way there? Rather than the negative Nellie who doesn’t even try.

Did I hear somewhere that you are old when you stop dreaming? And trying? I think I’m going to book a tennis lesson next week……..



Melt:  one stick of butter, 4 squares baking chocolate, 1-1/2 cup of chocolate chips (12 oz bag).  Cool


Sift together:  1-1/2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt


Beat:  4 eggs, 1-1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons vanilla.


Add:  Chocolate mix; beat well.  Then add 12 oz chocolate chips and 2 cups of pecans or walnuts.

Drop:  spoonfuls onto parchment lined pans.

Bake:   In 350 oven for approximately 10 minutes.


This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | April 12, 2017


Patients with varicose veins and venous insufficiency complain of many painful symptoms.  Symptoms associated with varicose veins are aching pain and heaviness in the legs with prolonged standing and walking.  Patients also complain of fatigue in the legs with increased activity.  Also, they complain of itching and burning symptoms around the varicose veins, which are symptoms of mild pain.  The pain can even be seen in the symptoms of restless legs.  Or, it can be seen as throbbing pain in the legs with increased activity.  Venous insufficiency can also cause swelling because of the increased venous pressure, which is painful.  So much pain!

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Unfortunately, there’s more pain as venous insufficiency progresses.  Prolonged swelling results in a painful condition called stasis dermatitis.   Plus, this condition can become a significant cosmetic problem if left untreated.  Stasis dermatitis initially causes patchy redness and itching of the skin along with swelling in the legs. It can advance into skin thickening and darkening of the skin with pigmentation from broken red blood cells.  We see these conditions result from chronic cases that have delayed diagnoses or treatment.

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We have also seen swelling related to venous insufficiency that exposes patients to an increase in skin sensitivity.  Patients’ skin will be sensitive to commonly used skin products.  Skin products containing lanolins, fragrances, neomycin and related antibiotics, rubber, and topical steroids have been identified as allergy-causing products in many patients with venous insufficiency.

Studies have now shown, and it has been our experience, that treating the venous insufficiency problem not only treats the pain-related symptoms of varicose veins, but it also eliminates the swelling and symptoms of stasis dermatitis.  Treating venous insufficiency even corrects the problem of skin allergic sensitivity to skin products.  Patients also see a correction of the chronic skin changes of thickening and darkening after the treatments.

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The pain as well as cosmetic issues associated with varicose veins and venous insufficiency  can be relieved.  Plus, treatment may avoid the development of stasis dermatitis, as well as correct damage already done by stasis dermatitis.

If you have any of these multiple symptoms of pain or the cosmetic symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can treat this problem.   We can help you be happy with your legs.

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This post was written by Vein and Skin Laser Center | April 11, 2017