Ok… I have a confession to make. I have been a nurse for over 16+ years and have never worn compression stockings or nurse socks or even face socks. Nope, not even through my pregnancies when everyone warned me that my legs would look like old oak trees from all the varicose veins I would acquire. You see, I hate socks and shoes. If I could go to work in flip flops – all would be perfect in the world. So, the thought of tight, ugly socks on my legs for over 12 hours gave me tachycardia. Like a stubborn nurse, I took the risk.
Well, the other day, I was starting to notice some bad, ugly stuff showing up on my tired old legs. I started to realize, I think I should have worn those ugly compression socks… the oak trees are starting to sprout! I also had noticed my feet would kill after a long shift and I heard the right socks are the perfect way of avoiding foot pain. My legs were also swelling more at the end of my long shifts. Ok, being the good nurse that I am, I finally started to heed my own advice! The quest began…
I went on a quest to find compression socks. As a good healthcare provider, I did my research! There are so many different types of compression socks out there. One of my friends even sent me some fun compression socks designs to inspire me. I really wanted some socks that showed off my personality but were also comfortable. I researched tons of brands, but I kept coming back to Nabee socks! They were getting fantastic reviews and the best part, it was founded by a nurse! Now, if anyone knows about what nurses really need, its a nurse!
So, I got a pair of Nabee socks to try in the super, cool Otis pattern – who doesn’t like a good argyle? I must say I was very torn – I really liked the Bubbles also. Anyways, my package arrived and although excited, I was still a bit hesitant. I have put plenty of TED hose on patients, and it is not fun. In fact, I was running late the first morning I was going to wear them and ended up not putting them on as I thought it would take me too long. Silly, I know.
I came across a pair of men’s compression socks, and eventually gave them a try….and I am officially in love! Not only in love, but kicking myself for not wearing them sooner. At the end of a long 12 hours on my feet pretty much non-stop, my legs were not swollen and they did not ache! In fact, my feet didn’t hurt either! What had I been missing all these years!
Nabee Socks listed the benefits of alleviates pain & fatigue – check; prevents swelling – check; prevents spider & varicose veins – stilling hoping, but so far so good; and increases foot and leg related awesomeness by 1000% – I couldn’t agree more!! These are clearly, the best nurse socks!
Not only are they super cute, but truly they are pretty easy to put on. (I highly suggest you watch the short video and save yourself the grief!) They go right on when putting them on as instructed. I have NO irritation on the toes or at the seams and my toes don’t feel crushed. They have washed fantastically and have completely retained all their compression, as promised.
I have spent years trying out different brands of shoes, and really, I think I was just not wearing the right socks!
So, bottom line – do as I say, not as I do – go get yourself some Nabee Socks and save yourself all the years of pain and grief!
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Congrats to Katie – the winner of a free pair of Nabee Socks!! (Make sure you come back often, will be giving away some more in celebration of my blog anniversary & Nurses Week!)
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