Yesterday when I saw the physio she felt there was improvement in the leg. She felt that the leg and the transplant were softer and looked better. The L-dex reading had gone down a little to 22 so a slight reduction in swelling. The Doctor has now allowed me to do what ever movement and exercise I can, or that I am capable of, which is not much! To this end I now have exercises to strengthen the leg and get the full range of movement back. Everyday it feels stronger but I am still very slow and walking with Ready Wraps on feels like you have weights strapped to the ankle!
I Thought I would show you my latest leg wear as it is in exciting black instead of beige! I don’t know why compression garments are always beige, as it does not hide or disguise them, I can’t wait for one of those companies who do patterned sleeves (see below) to make some patterned leg wear too for Lymphoedema…. It’s there, we cannot hide it, so best make it a feature. These Ready Wraps are made of fabric similar to a wet suit and they Velcro around the leg. They come in four separate pieces, foot, calf, knee and thigh also a cotton stocking for underneath. Measurements are taken of the leg to ensure the right size pieces are ordered. One problem though is the stocking must be made for midgets,there is no way it goes to the top of my thigh, so I combine this with the tubular bandage I use for under complex bandaging. I pull the tubular bandage out the top of the wraps, so the thigh part does not rub, also round the ankle I leave some out to protect the ankle bones from rubbing.
I will let you know how well these Ready wraps work, I notice that they do come adrift a bit as you walk and I have to redo them a couple of times during the day. I also found that they worked better with the knee piece on first but the instructions tell you to put this on last. I found that if I did it last they did not hold together well but I guess everyone is different.
A friend found this site online that you can buy the ready Wraps called Lymphedema Products.. They are much cheaper than I paid in Australia and they have many other Lympedema supplies too..
When I talk about beautiful sleeves and gauntlets for those with Lymphedema of the arm this is the company that creates them… I am waiting for leg ones …Please…
These are some of the beautiful compression sleeves from LympheDivas
“The story of LympheDIVAs began in Philadelphia when two young breast cancer survivors, Rachel Troxell and Robin Miller, developed lymphedema, a side effect of breast cancer treatment that can cause permanent swelling in the arms. Their physicians and lymphedema therapists recommended a compression sleeve as the most effective way of controlling the swelling. When they researched the options for the sleeve they found that the only ones available were rough textured, heavy, hot, beige, and bandage-like. Frustrated and dismayed over the lack of options they had for compression sleeves, Robin and Rachel met with Kristin Dudley, a fashion designer, to discuss their idea of creating a more elegant and comfortable compression sleeve.
In late 2007, Robin left the company. Soon after, Rachel discovered her breast cancer had returned. While she was being treated, she continued building LympheDIVAs, which brought her much joy during a difficult time in her life. Rachel died January 22, 2008, at the age of 37. Her determination and compassion to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors is very much ingrained in the spirit of LympheDIVAs.
Today, LympheDIVAs’ products can be found in retail locations nationwide and internationally. At Rachel’s request, her father Dr. Howard Levin and her mother, Judy Levin took over the responsibility of running the company which their daughter helped found. In August of 2010, Rachel’s little brother, Josh Levin, joined the company and is now running it with his parents. They all hope that LympheDIVAs’ compression apparel will continue to inspire breast cancer survivors everywhere to feel as beautiful, strong and confident as Rachel was.”
The above images are all from LympheDivas http://www.lymphedivas.com/ and their story