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Sep 4, 2017 10:52AM
Was just sitting here 'thinking' (well trying to think ) and it came to me that I've never seen anyone comment on what they wear under the garment sections while running your MLD machine.
As the garment sections can not be laundered, I have sort of a 'uniform' that I wear to be sure the garment doesn't actually come in contact with the skin.
As I get cold easily, during winter, I wear a long sleeved turtle neck (not 'heavy' but 'snug' so no wrinkles) and snug sweat pants on the bottom. Also a pair of warm socks to keep 'toesies' warm. When I saw 'snug' I don't mean so tight that look like a stuffed sausage but snug enough so there are no wrinkles - not what I would wear to the store though but snug/smooth enough to comfortably wear under jeans instead of thermies when really cold outside. Actually, the fit for both top and bottom is about how thermies fit.
For summer, I still wear a light weight long sleeved t- shirt to keep skin off the garments themselves. For bottoms a pair of snug sweat pants cut off to knees or an older pair of cut off to knees leggings so not as warm and thinner material.
Also summer or winter, the few times I had to use FlexiTouch (away from home and forgot to take one) without a long sleeved snug shirt on there is a tendency for the garment to like to be a bit 'sticky' when removing.
I also have an electric fleece throw that when it's really cold I either sit on it and wrap around over body if sitting or throw over me if laying down. Its sort of like an electric blanket but smaller (like a throw) and cheaper than an electric blanket. The last one Hubby got at Walmart was between $20 - $25 last year. This was the 3rd or 4th one I've had. When I was doing Chemo, I had a hard time keeping temperature up close to 'normal' so was always 'freezing' no matter how many 'bankies' I piled on or how much clothes I had on so one night Hubby had found one at Walmart and brought it home to me. It helped so much, so after it quit working he got me a new one and I've not been without one since. Actually I use it year round as a throw when laying on the couch. So if you get cold easy, you might want to look into one.
So what other ideas work for others?
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