Stepping Forward… One step at a time!

20130405-135648.jpg

Flowers that last till I am well..

I have not blogged for a few days, mostly because I felt that I was just standing still, not moving back or forwards but quietly healing and resting. Today however was a giant step forward, with a trip to see the doctor and at last a chance to move to the next stage. I did not sleep well last night and got up at 5am very restless and anxious about my impending doctors visit. My knee was also sore as the stitches were really starting to tighten and pull, making it very difficult and painful to bend, at 5am this morning I had had enough, I needed to see progress.

The doctor was pleased to see me, though I think he was not impressed with my straight leg walking as I had been unable to bend it much. However as soon as he removed the stitches it felt so much better and already movement was easier, it felt good to get rid of the tightness. The incision in my neck he thought was healing well, with no problems. The doctor also arranged physiotherapy for me and would see me again in three weeks, but I can contact him sooner if any problems arise.

Due to the surgery I have not been able to wear my normal compression stocking for the last three weeks but the doctor feels that by the end of week four I could start to wear these again. Eventually one hopes to no longer need compression garments but that could be months or a year down the track. At the moment it is important to get the swelling down in the leg, caused by a mix of surgery, cellulitis and Lymphoedema. I have an appointment with the physiotherapist who specialises in Lymphoedema, I am to see her next Thursday and take my compression stockings, knee highs and bandages so we can work out how best to treat this for now. My knee is bigger at the moment than usual, so may have to be remeasured for my compression stockings or bandage for a while. I will also be able to have a lymphatic massage now the infection has cleared, just six more days of antibiotics and all should be well.

There are times when I wish I had a crystal ball and could see into the future, it is so difficult not to have a sense of panic about the outcome. When you have been through cancer there are many times when you have to wait for results, I used to think a couple of days was too long, now I have to wait six months for an MRI and Lymphoscintigraph to see the results. In the meantime I have to make the best of it and hope to see some gradual improvement. I would like to get back into a pool, when it has healed more, as that has always helped me in the past. The waters natural compression as you are walking is like Manual Lymph Drainage, especially as the pool I go to has water up to the armpits the whole length. I would love to be able to go for a really long walk but that is a couple of months away I think!

I am now allowed to walk a little more, drive the car short distances but elevate leg when sitting. I think I will be able to return to work in a couple of weeks and as I only work part-time for myself I should be able to manage this!! I think some normality in my life would be good. I just need to take one step at a time till I reach my goal!! Oh, but the goal at the moment does look a long way away!!!

20130405-151311.jpg

More of my wonderful get well flowers and candle..

12 thoughts on “Stepping Forward… One step at a time!

  1. It is natural to have some anxiety! I think pretty much all of us reading would have anxiety sometimes it is difficult waiting to see how things are going to progress and what the doctors have to say. Best wishes to I look forward to reading more about this procedure and process.

    • Thanks I am using lemon grass essential oil as you suggested also vit E oil on the incisions now they are healing.. Also lemon grass tea… So thanks for the suggestions on your page …

  2. Helen, I totally understand your feelings. I know once I have my surgery I will be looking at my leg expecting it to be thin like the other leg. But from what I am reading, it looks like it takes months and even a year or two for results to be seen. Some literature says patients have had an 8% reduction in garth, which is a bit disappointing as I was hoping for total reduction! Another said that the patients seem to be feel improved but that the measurement changes do not support that much reduction in size of the limb. Well I am hoping and praying that one day you and I will exchange photos of our lovely legs! Hang in there — you are on the way to a win!! Take care! Bridget

  3. Helen, I am so glad that you are enjoying a bit more ease in your movement. I think once you are back at work, time will pass more quickly and it will be 6 months past surgery before you know it.

  4. Slow progress is better than no progress. Glad to hear you are feeling better with the stitches removed. We must rejoice in the little victories. I can relate to your lack of patience and as you say, I think time will go faster when you are able to do a little more. (but don’t overdo!) ๐Ÿ™‚ Hang in there!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s