We started by doing a session of manual lymphatic drainage. It really helps to have the therapist do it. She can use 2 hands whereas I can only use 1. I'm never really sure I'm using the right amount of pressure. It has to stretch and release the skin, but shouldn't be too much pressure. With her, I know its being done right.
|Sporting my bandage|
I also want to work out as planned just as my way of saying, "screw you cancer and lymphedema!" It has interfered with my life so much, I don't want to let it take this away from me too. As long as I don't do anything new, its okay. I even mentioned I planned to do a Jillian DVD and she said that was fine. I was able to do it, take that lymphedema! I also was able to bathe by filling the bathtub up with about 6 inches of water and using a washcloth and only using my right hand. I put my left hand up against the wall to keep it out of the water.
I go in again tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. to have my arm re-checked. They physical therapy department is making special accommodations to let my my therapist come in early to see me. (Such a difference from the rude urgent care department that wouldn't even see me during their posted business hours!) Hopefully, I will measure smaller and we can take this bandage off. I don't know, it may take a week or more of wearing it. I'll probably be going in to see her next week as well. We really want to address this pronto, especially before I start radiation in January. A survivor sister told me that if lymphedma is caught within the first 3 months, its reversible. Hopefully my hyper-awareness will pay off and we can fix this.
I found out today that another mom in my daughter's class just found out she has breast cancer and is getting a double mastectomy. I have other friends who are in the process of finding out if they have various cancers. Is it just me, or does it seem like we have a cancer epidemic? I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I yearn for the day when there is no more sickness and no more tears and we are face to face with our Lord Jesus!
My prayer request is for my arm. That this swelling go down so I don't have to bandage myself up very long. Pray also that my spirits stay up. It would be very easy to let this depress me and get me down. Being able to work out helped a lot. But I can see this making it difficult to sleep, and I've been having a little bit of sleep problems this week already.