D.V.T....Or, How Not To Get It.  

rm_SusieQ27 46F
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5/11/2006 10:14 am

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D.V.T....Or, How Not To Get It.

By a man who knows! Mr Ian Anderson, of Jethro Tull fame.

So, what have I learned from my experience and what might we all do to make sense of the advice from the experts, however impractical it sometimes sounds?

Well, the jury might be out on the question of aspirin but I have no hesitation in advising anyone with no adverse reaction to that humble little pill to religiously use it for cramped journeys of more than, say, three or four hours duration. But you don't need a whole standard 300mg tablet: a modest child's aspirin of 75mg will do just fine. If you can't find that dosage, then half or even quarter of a regular pill will do. Don't leave it until you are airborne to swallow: take the small dose the night before travelling, just before leaving home and again during the journey. If you have any doubts about using aspirin, consult your doctor.

You can buy or order compression hose from any decent pharmacy. I would recommend class 2 knee-length hose with open toes. Suggested manufacturers include Scholl and Duomed. It's important to know your size so the pharmacist can supply the correct item. Before you go shopping, measure round your ankle, the widest part of the calf and around the knee. If you want the full-length version, measure round the widest part of the thigh as well. It's best to measure as soon as you get up in the morning before your legs swell slightly as a result of sitting or standing for any length of time.

Put on your fabulous and exotic new accessories in the airport loo or in the departure lounge. Trying to heave them on in the confines of your economy seat may prove difficult and remember, they have to be on properly: no wrinkling or crooked seams, chaps. You can put your regular socks back on top of the eerily flesh-coloured compression hose if you feel just a teensy-weensy bit too Nora Batty.

Although these stockings may look impossibly small, they should be a relatively tight fit. If you haven't had time to take your measurements, medium should be about right for the average slightly built male or healthy full figured female. Small would be fine for petite folks. Large and extra large for the big and bigger, beefier types. Compression hose cost in the range of £15 - £20 and can be bought singly as well as in pairs.

Drink plenty of water during the flight. Lay off the alcohol although a glass of wine won't hurt so long as you drink plenty of water too. Remember, alcohol will add to the dehydration problems of aircraft travel.

Eat lightly and think twice about popping a sleeping pill, especially if you are a deep sleeper. Wear loose clothing for comfort and to minimise constriction around the thighs and knees. Try not to sit with crossed legs for too long and, if you are short or your feet don't reach flat to the ground, put a rolled-up coat or pillow below your feet, raising the legs to prevent pressure from the seat edge to the area under the knee.

Don't, for heaven's sake, feel embarrassed to ask your neighbour to move so you can stretch your legs or visit the toilet. Just try to lever yourself up using the arm rests rather than to swing like some demented monkey on the seat back in front of you where I, or another potential subscriber to air-rage, might be trying to enjoy a little beauty sleep.

I invariably request an aisle seat, as do all of our band members and crew. Now, obviously we can't all manage that on a full flight but if you are travelling alone, check in early and go for it. Family groups don't worry so much about climbing over each other to get to the aisle and are usually happy enough in rows of three or four.

I still can't help but feel that a 1 x 3 x 3 x 2 configuration of seating giving three aisles would greatly aid our wide body long haul jet travel. No one would have to negotiate more than one seated person to access the aisle. The resultant extra aisle would reduce economy seating availability by ten per cent but I for one would rather pay a little more for the flexibility of seating, especially when travelling alone.

Exercise every hour - or even more often - by flexing the feet while seated. Keeping the heel on the floor, raise and lower the rest of the foot, rather like operating a foot pump. Do this for a couple of minutes at a time. Try to get up and move about the cabin at least three times on an eight hour flight. Choose your moment when the drinks and food trolleys are not active and the seat belt sign is not on.

Raising the knees alternately up to waist height is a good little exercise while standing in the aisle or a quiet corner near the loos or galley. Raising and lowering the heel up behind you with bent knee helps uncoil stiff and sore legs. Bobbing up and down from flat heel to tip-toe helps too. All these simple routines will work well to stimulate circulation.

If you can, travel with only such hand luggage as will fit unselfishly in the overhead lockers. Leave that precious legroom under the seat in front to stretch your legs. Remember, you paid for that luxurious two cubic feet, or so, of vital space: don't waste it by stuffing it full of all the things you forgot to pack last night and jammed into the Tesco's carrier bags at the last minute.

If you are in what may be determined as the high risk categories - overweight, recently injured or operated on, professional athlete (odd, I know), suffering from any circulatory problems or having a family history of thrombosis - do please consult your doctor before travel. It's a fair bet your local GP is brushing up right now on the subject given all the recent publicity.

And if you ever find yourself sitting next to me on an eleven hour hop to LA, please, please don't hesitate to ask me to let you past my hard-won aisle seat on your way to exercise those little leggies.

Hell, I might even join you.

Ian Anderson.
February 2002

Take note people, this is a killer! I am aware that there is a special tunnel, at Heathrow Airport, going straight to the hospital and equipped with ambulances, on standby, for just such an event. So take note and don't think that it will never happen to you..it might.. and prevention is definitely better then the cure. If you don't prevent, there may not be a cure.
Hope I haven't put you off your holiday.
By the way, a few years ago, while flying to Greece I was the only one doing the inflight exercises, designed for the prevention of D.V.T. I looked silly, but what the heck, I don't want a big fat, painful leg!!!
On that note, I will leave you. Bye for now and remember what I said..ok?

Luv n stay-healthy stuff, to you all {=} Susie {=}

GleesFlakyShawl 49M
1620 posts
5/11/2006 1:26 pm

and making the "high-mile club" activities does qualify as health exercise?????

rm_SusieQ27 46F
2093 posts
5/11/2006 3:26 pm

DZ..ooo..I like your prescription, lover.

Luv n stuff {=} Susie {=}

rm_Lovepack1000 46M

5/12/2006 5:46 am

Be careful, the rats are in the tunnel before the roast moulds.


5/14/2006 8:56 pm

So this answers my old question of if you've ever heard of Ian Anderson.

He acts as his own tour manager while touring with Tull. I found that out while reading up on one of his bass players named Dave Pegg who is more known for his work with the band Fariport Convention.

Ian asked Dave if Fairport Convention might like to be Tulls warmup act for a world tour one year and Dave graciously accepted. This also put Dave on double duty as he was technically in both bands. Ian did not offer to also be their tour manager and Dave Pegg said the difference in the two bands means of transportation and accomodations were like night and day. With Tull living like kings by virtue of Ians skills with arranging such things and with Fairport Convention being carted around by cheap busses and staying in low budget dingy hotels by virtue of whoever they got to manage their end of things.

I hear that Ian is also quite brilliant the the field of aquaculture and has made a fortune farming shrimp or something quite close to that.

My belief is that he's truly a reincarnation of the Original Jethro Tull who was brilliant in the agriculture field. As Frank Zappa was indeed an incarnation of the old Italian composer Francesco Zappa.


rm_SusieQ27 46F
2093 posts
5/15/2006 6:23 pm

KC,.. your comments are quite thought provoking, darlin. I did answer your comment about Ian Anderson, didn't I ? Anyhow , he doesn't manage fish farms any more. He rents the farms out to other's. It was too much apparently, too time comsuming..and he wanted to spend more time on music, which he loves. Have you listed to the interview he gave on Wiltshire radio? You can access it throiugh the bbc web pages, I should think. or the Jethro Tull website.

Luv n stuff {=} Susie {=}

rm_SusieQ27 46F
2093 posts
5/15/2006 6:24 pm

Nips...aww, poor you..come here, baby, let me kiss it ALL better.

Luv n stuff {=} Susie {=}

rm_SusieQ27 46F
2093 posts
5/15/2006 6:26 pm

LP...excuse me, baby, but I haven't a clue what you're on abpout. Are you sending me messages in code now/

Luv n stuff {=} Susie {=}

rm_SusieQ27 46F
2093 posts
5/15/2006 6:32 pm

Hello March...how are you? It was Ian Anderson who wrote the article, he suffered from d.V.T., you see, after an accident which left him wheelchair-bound. He was still jettone around the world, but I agree with everything he says. In fact, those exercises should be compulsory...heck, if I can do them they aren't going to be a problemn for most people..

Do you know that the goverment has been aware of D.V. T since the first world war...when people had to use the overcrowded underground stations, as bunkers. Movement was restricted and the air was fetid...sound familiar? Since smoking has been banned the air on board aircraft isn't as fresh, since they don't bother to refresh it as often now.

So there, all you none smokers...lol...bye, hun.

Luv n stuff {=} Susie {=}

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