Jennifer had a Lymph node transfer two years ago in New york with Dr Corrine Becker and Dr. J Levine and Dr Julie Vasile. The next step is maybe some liposuction to get rid of stubborn fatty areas… There has also been a suggestion of a second transplant to the lower leg but Jennifer is unsure of this. However at the moment struggling with the summer heat it is very emotional to see the leg swelling and she does wonder if one transfer is enough…
“I actually did very well in the extreme heat! Yes, this is a change from the summer before. I was surprised. I can’t say that the measurements have changed but the big difference is that my leg didn’t swell excessively though it was exposed to some extreme conditions. In fact, there were a few mornings when my ankle didn’t have the round donut ring look, but it doesn’t remain that way. I did hide a lot in air conditioning and only used the gym to do some exercising. Normally, I like to go out on the bicycle. My temperature cut off is 82 degrees.
That being said, 2 days ago, my leg was doing ‘okay’ then all of a sudden, I could ‘feel’ it swelling, more at the calf area and my joints felt achy and tired and swollen. It’s better in the morning after a night’s rest, but creeps back up during the day. So, I don’t dare go without compression, though I’d love to. This change in swelling seems to be cyclical or maybe because I had too much salt in my diet. I seem to be very sensitive to it. Drinking a lot of water and no salt does help.
However a few days later, for whatever reason, my leg is aching and swelling again. I can feel pain in my knee-joint and ankle and there is a familiar bursting sensation. So, this is making me very upset as I feel sometimes that the one transplant is just not enough to alleviate the symptoms entirely.
The top of my foot is full of edema, the ankle is more swollen than usual, and where my stocking ends at the upper thigh, it bulges and pushes the flesh into an unflattering donut shape. My calf area is definitely the problem area, noticeably bulging out and my ankles have some shape but are definitely wider than normal.
So, hot off the press…. A lot of ups and downs for what ever reason at this time..” Jennifer
Thank you Jennifer for sharing with us and I hope that things start to settle down again for you….. What an emotional roller coaster the decision to have surgery puts you on!!