February 02, 2009
A lymphedema nightmare (literally)
The other night I had a lymphedema bandaging nightmare. While sleeping I felt a fair amount of discomfort from the bandaging. Maybe there was a fold of the inner sleeve pressing against a nerve, or some tingling in my fingertips or hand that went from mildly annoying to outright frustrating. So I started to unwrap the bandages -- I thought. I kept unwrapping and unwrapping and never getting any relief.
That's when I realized that I was asleep and dreaming (actually, having a nightmare) about lymphedema. My frustration and that bit of pain finally woke me up. I could hardly move fast enough to really remove the bandaging.
You can see in the photo that I like to sleep on my side with my arms curled up against my chest (or a dog). This is clearly impossible when bandaged because the bandaging doesn't permit me to bend my elbow. Sometimes I think I get the best sleep of the night in the few minutes or so that I lay in bed after I've unwrapped the bandages. Note the pile of bandaging strewn next to me....