So, first, I am stunned by the collective knowledge and helpfulness of this board. I've actually started reading the entire Lymphedema forum from the earliest pages and slowly working my way forward in time. Just amazing information and camaraderie. I'm actually looking forward to the many weeks (months?) it will take to catch up to the current posts.
One topic that I have yet to see addressed is whether there are any advantages to extending the time spent in an alternative night garment (aka - night sleeve or, as I like to call it, my arm-length-oven-mitt). I see lots of advice that moving around and exercising while wrapped in bandages is awesome to move lymph and information that night garments (e.g., I have a Solaris Tribute with over-jacket) can be used as a more convenient alternative to night bandaging.
What says the lymph-tribe?
a. No. Change into your day sleeve: wake, doff night sleeve, MLD, don day sleeve. This is the routine I currently use whenever practically possible. A pee break is usually inserted somewhere in there and often a brief jump out of bed to escort the two cats and one dog out of my room so I can shut the door and finish in peace.
b. Yes. While harder to perform tasks in a bulky night sleeve, it is/should be beneficial with movement and offer advantages over the day sleeve.
c. The ubiquitous "other" or "it depends". Please explain.
6/2016, ILC, Both breasts, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2-
7/28/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy
8/31/2016 AC + T (Taxol)
9/6/2016 Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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