I've been pretty aggressive about staying wrapped in my full set of bandages most of the time. I let my arm out for air for a few hours in the late afternoon. Otherwise, I'm all wrapped up, or at a minimum I have my compression garments on. It is hard to move the arm all wrapped up, but I think that is what helps move the fluid through-the combination of compression and movement.
Is it working? I think so. I just had Eric re-measure my arm. This is now 48 hours since the last measurements. Here is where I stand as of this afternoon:
|5 c.m.||under 17.5||16.5||18.8||19|
|10 c.m.||under 21.5||21.3||23.5||24|
|15 c.m.||under 25.0||24.5||28||26.5|
|20 c.m.||under 26.0||25.5||27.3||26.5|
|25 c.m.||under 26.6||26||28||27|
|30 c.m.||under 28.5||27.9||29.4||28.7|
|35 c.m.||under 30.0||29.7||31||30.6|
At first I was bummed to see a couple of reds, but when you look at it, they are only up .5 cm at most. My physical therapist always said that a change of 1 cm was the threshold of being significant. So a .2 and a .5 increase isn't a huge deal-in fact, it can be attributed to variances in the measurement. (Yeah...let's blame Eric for bad measuring, lol!) But when you look at the orange numbers and compare them to the reds from 2 days ago, the decrease is significant in several places.
So we are going in the right direction. I just need to keep doing what I'm doing for awhile longer. Ideally, I'd like to be back in the black in all spots. I'm not sure where I started, honestly. I had gotten lazy about taking care of it and I know my arm was bigger in some places.
I appreciate everyone's prayers and support. I have been blessed this week with so many friends showing concern and love. Thank you so much.