I was able to collect my results on Friday but sadly they were in “doctor speak” and I need my doctor to translate them, as to me it is like comparing the good old apples and oranges again, as there is no constant. The constant needs to be my good leg but all those measurements changed too and the Lymphasytagraph this time finished after two hours instead of the four hours of last time!! When I speak to my doctor maybe he will be able to shed more light in the reports provided. I had an MRI which measures levels of fluid in both legs and compares them. The Lymphasytagraph involves an injection between the toes of radioactive fluid which can then be traced as it passes up the legs all the way to the liver. This maps the lymphatics in both legs and shows the time it takes for the tracer to reach the liver and if there is any pooling or back flow along the way.
The fluid levels in my bad leg may have reduced and maybe the tracers moved faster up my lower leg, but at two hours it shows the fluid collecting in the thigh more than previously. However cutting the Lymphasytagraph by two hours does not then show if it clears. Pre surgery the fluid collected in my calf and was still there after four hours. My feeling is that at this stage there has been no miracle cure!!! I do feel my lower leg responds better and clears overnight, but as this is a two-year project we will give it time and see what the next six months will bring. I am not going to worry about this, as I cannot change the outcome. Either things will get better or they will stay as they are now, nothing else I can do but look after my leg. I will continue with my therapy and try to remain positive…yes there will be some dark moments when I wonder if I should have gone ahead with this surgery, but I can only move forward not back.
In the mean time this is a very exciting month as my daughter gets married on 28th September. There are lots of visitors, including my son who will arrive from Denmark with his girlfriend. I have much to look forward to, so this month will be wedding month… Here comes the bride and groom……very exciting.