Posted on: Sep 8, 2006 08:41PM
Well i guess I am joining the club. I went to an le therapist this week and was measured etc and told I have mild le. I go back on the 18th for message therapy and she will also wrap my arm. i will leave the wrapping on until I return for another session. I will go for 90 minutes everyday the first week. After that the next week I will go for 3 days, and the week after that another 3 days. she is pretty confident that she can get the swelling down in that amount of time as I just have a little swelling on the wrist area, the bottom side of the elbow and the upper arm from the elbow to the shoulder. After that she says I will be fitted for a sleeve for the daytime, and my husband will be taught to wrap me for the night. I will also learn how to do the message myself and do the excercises. It is of course overwhelming and I am having a hard time not to cry all the time and feel sorry for myself.but I will manage because I have to. But I will refuse to let this rule my life. I have a question I forgot to ask my therapist and wondered if anybody could give me a little advice. I am planning to go on a bus tour with my husband in Dec. I live in Minnesota and plan to go to Pidgion( spelling ?) Forge and Nashvill, Tn. will this affect my le? The change in altitude, maybe. I will probably wear the sleeve during the day and wrap during the night, How can I swell doing all that. And if I do swell, will it be gradual or become a balloon in a couple of hours? sorry to be so long with this, I am beginning to get worried that I will end up never traveling again and bc has taken a lot away from me already--- a breast and 23 lymph nodes (that God they were negative) but it left me with le nonetheless. Any help would be appreciated.Log in to post a reply
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Sep 9, 2006 01:28AM Binney4 wrote:Oh, my goodness, bingbing, I'm so glad you asked that, because the answer is a happy one. YES! you can travel in December! And I hope you have a wonderful trip. I haven't even heard of Pigeon Forge since I went there as a teen years ago, and I've never forgotten it. In fact, my mother has a charming ceramic bird that she bought there and it always had a special place in our home. And Nashville -- what fun!
Sep 9, 2006 11:51AM andys wrote:Well, Binney has pretty much said it all. Believe me, you can still travel - I travel every other week for my job and my husband and I go on pretty neat vacations, too. As Binney said, probably, wearing the sleeve and glove during the day and bandaging at night will be all that you need to do. (When I fly, I bandage during the flight, too). Whenever I have a long trip, I try and exercise my hand and arm (what I call cat claw stretches) and practice my deep breathing. Ask your MD for a prescription for an antibiotic, just in case you get a scratch or something that looks like it's getting infected while you are away. Oh, and be sure to carry an antibiotic ointment to try to prevent such a thing from happening.
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