December 16, 2007

Lymphedema rears it's ugly head

For no clear reason I woke up this morning with pain and swelling in my left hand. I have lymphedema on my left side, a hold-over from the axial node dissection with my lumpectomy that removed several lymph nodes from under my arm.

Usually I can predict when it will flare up -- taking an airplane ride, overuse of some kind, an insect bite -- but I can't figure out what might have triggered it today. So I am wearing my compression glove as well as my sleeve. Because I am left-handed, this limits my flexibility, not to mention my typing accuracy and ability to use a computer mouse!

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