Jan 8, 2018 11:41AM - edited Jan 8, 2018 12:13PM by hugz4u
Butterfly. This is your day! Your so smart to reach out here because if you pm me I'll give you a name of a therapist with 20 years experience AND she lives in Victoria. If you email her and tell her you want to see her when you get back I bet she will give you tips on what to do now in Europe.I saw her once and was impresssed! She may even know some Vodder trained lymphedema therapists where you are staying near by. She is quite involved in the LE community. AND she is a caring person.
No your arms won't blow off in a plane but they could swell and get achy. Drinks tons of water on flight. Move around often. I stood at the back of plane a lot and stretched body and arm. Raise affected arm straight up like your eager to give an answer and pump fists slowly 25 times often on plane and ground for that matter. But don't tire out arm.Take deep belly diaphramic breaths to move your lymph ststem there to help clear nodes.
Start wearing your sleeve and glove for a couple hours a day to get use to it before flight. Let us know how it feels.
Wear before you leave the sleeve shop.if fingers are going purple it's to tight. Wear for a hour or less near the shop you got it from and if you can't stand it go right back into the shop and tell them your troubles. It should be comfy not so constricting that you want to tear it off. Tell shop you want to buy a donner and special rubber glove to put the sleeve on with. Also have them sell you glue incase sleeve slips down. You will want all this to make life and travel easier. You may need to buy thin silicon scar tape for your inner elbow if it becomes irritated. You put it on elbow crease and leave it there when wearing sleeve. Get the kind you can use over and over. One lasts me two weeks. You could use anti friction stick that marathon runners use to prevent chafing also in inner elbow. Get at running store.
Make exercise your best friend by starting with gentle walking if your not use to it.This is great for lymph movement but if you find your swelling when walking then hold your arms like a jogger does. Sometimes dangling arms collects lymph fluid in hand. Again raise arm and pump 25 times even during walks. I do this about three times for half hour walk.
Btw. I'm your west coast neighbour