Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Nightgarment

After weeks of waiting, my Jovipak slip-on nightgarment finally arrived the day before Christmas. It has been allright so far, not too tight – actually not tight at all – not too hot and not too stiff. Much less stiff than bandages. It's a little dificult to put on but I guess I will find my routines eventually. I haven't noticed any difference yet but I've only used it a couple of times as I have been away at my parents over Christmas where I didn't bring it. It is quite big and takes up a lot of room. I'm thinking about going on a trip next spring and I am wondering if it will fit in my backpack.
The garment supposively works by softening and massaging the tissue so the compression stocking can do its job more effeciently, providing compression and leading the now mobile fluid away. I have heard good things about the Jovipak so I am excited about getting started properly. As sad as that sounds – looking forward to sleep with a ugly, very padded boot. I guess you know what I mean – I am looking forward to my leg getting better.
It comes with an extra sort of stocking to put on top of the boot itself to create more pressure. I might try that soon.



It's quite big.

9 comments:

  1. i start using a night garment a few weeks ago.
    it has done a lot for me and the day garment dont know who made it i just know it was made for me.at first i thought it was a gimmick but after using it i can say it actually help with moving the fluid around.i had a hard spot on the back of my thigh.i use a flexitouch and day garment but the affected area wouldnt change.after two nights with the night garment the hard area got soft

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    1. Hi there,
      so good to hear you've got a nightgarment and that it is working so well even after only a few nights! I am still trying to get mine to work properly. The "jacket" (a sort of stockinette to use over the garment to make it tighter) is too tight but I will get another one soon. I do have high hopes for this.
      Thanks for writing :-)
      Liz

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  2. Ah, I was asking on another post what this was but now I found this so you can ignore that question!

    I have a mobiderm stocking that I can wear at night but I'm not finding it very helpful and for the full effect has to be bandaged in anyway, so it's not really an easy alternative to bandaging which is what I was looking for.

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    1. Hi Hutch, I've been looking at the Mobiderm stocking too but as you say it is not an easy alternative with the wrapping. I'd still like one though, but till then I've got a Mobiderm bandage that I use when I wrap, or my therapist wraps.
      I have heard good things about Reid sleeve, my fitter will look into that if my new Jovipak doesn't change anything.

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  3. I've had lymphedema 37 years - started at 14yrs. Did not have bandaging those days and advice very poor. However, taking care of your legs, not putting weight and exercise brought me this far. Now I visit the lymph clinic where this is now managed due to additional swelling brought about by my blood pressure tablets which caused water retention. Although this has been remedied it had caused changes. This caused my legs to swell more. I wear Jobst socks everyday and my legs & skin are healthy. I don't use night socks. I continue to exercise for health sake!
    Your blog is excellent and very useful.

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    1. Hi Cautious-Mamma,
      thanks for your kind words about my blog :-)
      It is sad and frustrating that in the first years treatment and advice were so poor but wonderful to hear that times are better now in that regard. Also that your leg and skin is healthy, that is so important.
      Thanks for contributing :-)

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  4. Hello Lymphedema Girl and others,

    Thank you so much for this blog. I have been living with Lymphedema since I was 10 years old. I am now 22. I need help. I need a community around this. I have been recieving and performing treatment (bandage, stocking), but half-heartedly, as I try to live life not thinking about it.

    Please please, if possible - I would love to connect with you (and others) on a more one-on-one basis. Please if you don't mind reaching out - I need someone to talk to about this. Someone who is going through it. Who is living with lymphedema, and how I can do it too. Healthily and safely and with others to communicate with.

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    1. Hi Julie, thanks for writing, I hope you saw my reply on your other post - if not here is the link again for a great Lymphedema community:
      https://healthunlocked.com/lsn

      Warm regards
      Liz

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  5. Thank you so much - I have been searching online for something like this. Ideally I would love to meet someone in my area who is going through the same thing I am.

    Thanks again for reaching out

    Julie

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