MAKING SELF CARE A HIGHER PRIORITY
My new year’s resolution is to make self care a higher priority. Working with lymphedema patients I’ve seen time and again how self care improves the quality of one’s life. I have never been very good at self care. I’m really good at taking care of everyone else. Being a caregiver is part of who I am and I doubt that will ever change. What I would like to change however, is my willingness and ability to take care of myself, to improve the quality of my life. My customers have helped me come to this realization – self care is self love. Continue reading
Hello My Friend,
WOW! Another year has come and gone. Looking back on 2020 – what a year it’s been!! There’s an ancient Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.” I think this year will qualify. Let’s hope next year is a whole lot less interesting.
This year has been challenging for all of us, I’m sure. I especially miss my loved ones that I don’t get to see as often as I would like. I’ve been lonely, and bored, and a bit stir crazy at times. However, I have to admit that I also have enjoyed the rest and the stillness as well. It’s nice not to have to be going all the time, running like crazy. Continue reading
My next spotlight garment is the Sigvaris Chipsleeve for the arm. Chipsleeve garments are an essential tool for those dealing with chronic lymphedema. Use the Sigvaris Chipsleeve as a bandage liner, making bandaging quick, easy and effective. This is a wonderful garment to have in your tool box in case you have a flare-up with your lymphedema. This garment can also be used as a nighttime garment, as it provides continual compression therapy for your arm, moving lymph while you sleep. Continue reading
JUZO COMPRESSION WRAP CALF
Occasionally I am going to spotlight a product that I have found to be especially outstanding. Today I would like to introduce you to the Juzo Compression Wrap Calf. Manufactured with care to detail and the great quality that you have come to expect from Juzo, this compression wrap garment provides therapy, comfort, versatility and a superior fit. This Juzo wrap is a short stretch compression garment with high working pressure (30-60 mmHg), which helps to move lymphatic fluid out of the affected limb. Therefore this garment can be used in either the decongestion phase as well as the maintenance phase of lymphedema treatment. Continue reading
GETTING THOSE COMPRESSION STOCKINGS ON AND OFF!
Donning your gradient compression stockings can be a real challenge. The number one reason that we receive returns at The Compression Closet is that people are unable to don their compression stockings. It’s not that the stockings don’t work or that they are of poor quality, or that they are not what the people expected. It’s simply that they cannot get the garment on or sometimes get it off.
Unfortunately, many of these people live alone or have little or no assistance with these compression garments, which would make a world of difference. However, there are some tricks of the trade and some gadgets that can help with the donning and doffing of compression garments. Let me share some of these with you today. Continue reading
LYMPHEDEMA MISDIAGNOSED FOR 17 YEARS!
Rita ended up in the hospital again, this time with sepsis. She had been here before, due to infections and wounds caused by legs that continually swelled. Time and time again she had sought medical help but to no or little avail. After the hospital stay came the nursing home. Then finally home again with a physical therapist to help her gain back some of the ground she had lost spending so much time immobile.
This was a new therapist, which disappointed Rita. She liked her last home health therapist a great deal. However, she had little say in the matter as her old therapist had left the organization. Finding a good therapist can be challenging at times. Now she says that her new therapist, Monica, was a God send. She was the first person in nearly 17 years who recognized and properly diagnosed her condition, lymphedema. Continue reading
“I fought breast cancer, I’m a fighter! I am cancer free, so what is this about lymphedema after breast cancer? Why was I never told that I could end up with a chronic disease as a complication of my cancer treatments? This lymphedema sucks!” It does suck, yet there are ways of reducing your risk of lymphedema after breast cancer.
While working in a durable medical supply store that catered to breast cancer patients seeking bras and prosthesis, this or a similar sentiment was often heard. It was heartbreaking to me and so frustrating. Going through cancer treatment and receiving a lymphedema diagnosis can be devastating. Were they told, and didn’t remember? Had they never been told and their doctors just hoped for the best? Were their doctors unaware or did they just not want to deal with it?
Dr. Marisa Weiss, chief medical officer of breastcancer.org says, “I can say from experience that the time right after diagnosis, when you are considering options and planning treatment, is a blur. When you are feeling so anxious and overwhelmed, it is hard to listen, understand, and decide. So even if lymphedema gets mentioned during this time, you may not remember it. Or it may not come up because the focus is really on getting you well. So if lymphedema does develop later on, it can feel like yet another insult to the body, one that many women weren’t fully prepared for. The good news is that women can learn how to manage it and lead normal lives.“ Continue reading
I FOUND MY LYMPHEDEMA THERAPIST – NOW WHAT?
As I discussed in my last post, sometimes it is difficult to find a lymphedema therapist. However, once you have found a therapist, what exactly can you expect from your lymphedema treatment program? Of course, all therapists are individuals and not all therapists practice the same way. However, there are a few things to look for to ensure you are getting good lymphedema therapy. Continue reading
Lymphedema & Sheltering at Home
Are you wearing your lymphedema compression garments? I hope so, even if no one’s watching! Even if you are stuck in the house for days and days during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused many states to adopt shelter in place mandates. We all can get lazy not going out of the house for days at a time. We may stay in our pj’s all day, not put on makeup or style our hair. However, we should not become lazy about our compression garments and the care of our lymphedema. I think all of us want to stay away from the hospital at this time, so we don’t need any flare ups of Cellulitis or open wounds. Continue reading