January 27, 2009

Day 42 of lymphedema flare up

I am now on the 42nd consecutive day of dealing with this lymphedema flare up. That's six weeks exactly.

I saw the PT today and she said I'd had a 50% reduction in that arm and hand, but she also noted that in the past, I've had 100% reduction after treatment. So we are asking my health insurance provider to approve six more treatment sessions. Hopefully this will do the trick. (I don't know why they dole out the treatments in groups of six, but that's managed care for you.)

In the meantime, I will continue to post more infrequently than usual. My ability to use my left hand is extremely impaired when it's bandaged, and that makes it tough to type. And drive. And cook. And eat. I am so very left-handed, you see, that it's very challenging for me to use my right hand for everything.

The PT also told me that stress does not allow the lymphatic system to run at its best. We had a somewhat stressful weekend. The bandaging also contributes to my stress levels. Even taking a "chill pill" (i.e. lorazepam) doesn't help as much as it has in the past.

So my plan is to wrap my arm, pick up a good book, take some lorazepam, and cuddle on the sofa with the dogs. If that doesn't sound relaxing, I don't know what is!

1 comment:

  1. How about good book, a cuddle with the dogs, some reggae music, and pretend you're at the beach!

    (that would work for me)