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A special stocking (a.k.a. tights) designed to treat and/or prevent disorders of the veins in the leg. Unlike the similar anti-embolism stockings, compression stockings are designed for use by ambulatory individuals.

They work together with the normal pump action of the leg to provide move blood flow in the deep veins, back towards the torso. This reduces swelling and discomfort. They may be knee-length or come all the way up the thigh. They come in various materials, mine are made with microfiber. The compression of the stocking is graduated, with the most pressure at the foot and ankle, to compress the surface arteries. This compression—squeezing—of the arteries of the foot and leg makes the blood pressure higher in the arteries, helping your blood to push back into the veins and return up the leg to the heart, even if the valves in the vein are damaged.

Light pressure compression stockings may be purchased…

It's June 20th (e2 time) and it's time for Lost Gems of Yesteryear: Odyssey Two to get underway! If that's TL;DR for you, the short version is: Send me a list of up to 5 of your favorite existing e2 writeups, written by different noders other than yourself, from the last 5 years (2010—2015). Then publicize them for the next four weeks in any manner you like. As an example, during the previous LGoY quest I worked my candidates in as hard links in the body of Walking Man 35. Zephronias…

The True Meaning of Smekday
by Adam Rex
Hyperion Books, 2007

The True Meaning of Smekday is a children's / young adult novel about that time the Earth was invaded by aliens. And then those other aliens. And how it all worked out okay in the end.

Gratuity Tucci (her mom thought that gratuity meant something else) is one of the first people on Earth to learn about the alien invasion. Unfortunately,…