I just want to thank everyone for the advice they gave me prior to vacation. Lucky for me I was visiting the Pacific Northwest of the United States. While it was 100 degrees at home in Iowa, the temps ranged between 55-75 where we were. I wore my socks most days. Definitely on our drivong and flying days. There was one hot day I wore shorts and didnt wear them, and one day I wore sandals. It was so chilly I only walked barefoot on the beach one time. We walked 15k steps per day so that helped. I wrapped my legs most nights to keep swelling in check. I will wrap at night for the next week too to get back down to my usual size. I know I should have been more compliant but I did my best.
One observation going through airport security. Both times I got patted down on my affected leg. I found that really interesting.
I am very thankful for the encouragement of this group! Here is a pic of my family. I was so glad I didn't pass on this trip to visit my brother!