February 22, 2010

More lymphedema news

My left hand seems to be responding well to the therapist's idea of wrapping the hand and wrist only at night. The edema has reduced and the tissue feels softer at the beginning of the day. However, once I remove my glove at the end of the day, the tissue is still firm, but a few minutes of massage helps.

My big concern is my inability to do anything after I bandage my hand (I'm left-handed). I have been pretty home bound at night (don't want to drive bandaged) and of course can't type, hold a pen, cook, hold or grip anything, etc. either. I have to take lorazepam to sleep and know that I will have rebound insomnia from that once I am done bandaging.

But the idea seems to be working!

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad that you're getting some relief from the lymphodema. Enjoy your visit with your mom.

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