REPLACING YOUR COMPRESSION STOCKINGS?
Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas will soon be there? What shape and condition are those socks in? Are they still compressing well and providing the necessary containment, or is it time to replace your compression stockings? If you wear your compression stockings daily, the compression will probably last four to six weeks. You should be able to tell when your socks need replacing as they will get easier and easier to don and doff. Is it time to replace those compression stockings?
Good quality compression stockings are not cheap, yet they must be replaced regularly. Putting off purchasing new stockings can be much more expensive in the long run and cause more complications with your lymphedema. I wanted to offer 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. Instead of getting items you don’t need, why not ask for new compression stockings? I’m sure your family would provide you with something you could use instead of guessing at something you might want.
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 should work on the website. 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? How much will your compression cost for the year? 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.
ASK FOR HELP
Is there no way you can 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 cannot afford compression garments. 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 that I can provide at no charge to you. My supply is limited, but don’t be afraid 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. 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 any other ideas or suggestions on how to keep 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 – This blog 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.