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Aug 21, 2008 02:25PM
Binney--they had a sale on the stockinette--25 meters for I think it was $5.00 so I got two--also, if you keep your eyes open, Bandages Plus often has either sales, or you will get a "free" short stretch, or a "free" roll of foam or cotten padding with certain things--but thanks for the tip--I thought it was so flimsy it would be out of shape from the washing. I will start washing it and see what happens. $5.00 is still $5.00!
Opps--Thank you Binney--I had forgotten to mention the mesh lingerie bag for washing--he he he--another "duh!" and voice of experience here--that was no fun unwrapping from around the "washer thingy."
Binney--have you ever put the bandages in the dryer in a mesh bag? My therapist said to hang the to dry, and also to not put the sleeve/gauntlet in the dryer either and they will last longer--any opinion?
Otter, I too was hoping you would not be joining our swell club, but if you are, it certainly seems like you are getting it right at the get-go, which is great. The therapist you first consulted with will have all of your initial measurements, and that is great, you will see just where you stand.
And the intensive stage does end--drum roll please--I am having my last intensive this morning with my therapist and will "graduate" to self care, only seeing her if things get out of control and I need her.
And Binney is so right about making the MLD a pleasant, relazing time. I took Binney's advice and learned to enjoy it, and made a special play list of music for my I-Pod, sprinkle lavender oil around the room (I love that smell!) and my cocker gets on the bed with me--I start by giving her tummy rubs until she makes happy sounds, then tell her--my turn, sweetie--and she lies next to me--I take a couple breaks in between for deep breathing and give her some tummy rubs till I hear happy sounds, and then back to me.
Then we do the Lebed Tape--I also incorporated the dog into this--she has her special squeaky toy for this, she loves the music and I tell her "shake your booty" and she shakes and squeaks her toy in her mouth and runs around the house and back into the bedroom and brings it to me--I throw it, tell her to shake her booty and she runs around the house squeaking and comes back. (We had taken doggie free style dancing lessons, and when "Dancing Queen" comes on, we divert into one of our old dance routines)
Afterwards, I feel like we both had a relaxing massage and a work out, and what a great way to start the day. Of course it means getting up earlier, but it is worth it.
Instead of feeling like the MLD is a pain in the a$$, we have made it fun. Thanks for that suggestion, Binney.
Keep us updated, Otter. You will do fine.
Just a little disclaimer here--I am a newbie at this, and please always take Binney's advice over mine--I just throw in what I found helpful, and do not want to ever give bad advice to anyone due to my inexperience.
Jane - Dance as if no one is watching!!
7/7/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-