IS IT TIME TO REPLACE YOUR COMPRESSION STOCKINGS?
Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas will soon be there? How are those stockings holding up? Do they still compress well and provide the containment you need, or is it time to replace your compression stockings? If you wear your compression stockings daily, the compression will last four to six months. You should be able to tell when your socks need replacing as they will start to get easier and easier to don and doff. Time to replace those compression stockings, or are they still in good shape?
Good quality compression stockings are costly, yet they must be replaced regularly. Putting off purchasing new socks can be much more expensive in the long run and cause more complications with your lymphedema. Here are a few suggestions that might be helpful.
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN
It’s that time of year again when everyone wants to know what you want for Christmas. Even if I insist that I do not need or want anything, my family still wants to give. Is your family the same way? Why not ask for new compression stockings instead of getting items you don’t need or want? I’m sure your family would instead provide you with something you could genuinely use instead of guessing at something you might like.
SPEND DOWN ACCOUNTS
Does your company provide a spend-down account? Do you have to use it by the end of the year? Although The Compression Closet does not bill for any insurance, we are registered as medical health care, and your spend-down account will work on the website. So don’t let those dollars go to waste. Why not use them to replace your compression stockings?
Instead of a Christmas Fund, why not start a stocking fund? First, figure out how much you generally spend for your compression each year. Then, divide that into the twelve months of the year, and each month, contribute to that fund so that you will always have good-quality compression. Sometimes self-care takes a little planning, but you and your health are worth it! Remember, self-care is not selfish, especially where our health is concerned.
ASK FOR HELP
Can you afford compression garments for your condition? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Many hospitals and facilities have funds they can tap into for those who truly cannot afford compression garments. In addition, the Compression Closet offers an incentive plan for therapists – offering half-off or free garments depending on how many referrals they send to us.
I also have some donated products I can provide you at no charge. Unfortunately, my supply is limited, but don’t hesitate to ask. I’d much rather these garments be put to good use rather than sit in my closet collecting dust.
YOU ARE WORTH IT
Replacing your compression stockings can be expensive. However, we at The Compression Closet do our best to keep our prices at a reasonable rate while keeping our lights on. I am here to help in any way I can – don’t be shy; reach out! You and your health are so worth it.
Do you have other ideas or suggestions on keeping yourself in good-quality compression stockings? Share your thoughts in the comments below. You never know who will benefit from your tips and ideas.
Disclaimer – The chimney hung in this blog, Stockings, is for general information. Furthermore, the information contained in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition.